I have been growing hops in my back yard for 2 years now and I really enjoy it.
We have parties to pick the hops now each year.
Year 1: Cascade, Centennial, Willamette
Year 2: Added Columbus, Chinook and more Cascade and Centennial
Lessons learned from 2 years of growing back yard hops
1.) Cut off the Bull Shoots (they grow very fast and big but produce less than 2nd shoots)
2.) Downy Mildew is a killer (for year 3, will cut off early shoots (where they live) and use Neem Oil)
I have my hops separated using wooden boxes (as they are very aggressive plants) and I have them
on auto timers for watering in the morning hours.
I built a hop dryer that works pretty good using a box fan as the base.
I have a FoodSaver vacuum sealer and a beer frig to store them in.
If you are a hop growing expert,
Would love to hear your insight.