Monthly Archives: November, 2016

Build Our Hops a Home!

November 21st, 2016 Posted by Hops, Uncategorized No Comment yet

I’m sure you’ve been closely following the progress of #MyLittleHopGarden, so you’ll know that our precious little (but growing out of control) hop plants need a proper home, with the support structure that they need.

How would you like to build us a hop support frame?

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What we need:
In an ideal world, we would love to turn the soil and plant our hops. The reality is that our Onehunga ‘soil’ mostly comprises of gravel, rusty nuts and bolts and probably an impressive array of chemicals. Our hops are staying in their pots.

Here is what we’d need if we had the “Ideal World” location (image from a brilliant article from YCH Hops on how to grow hops at home – check it out).
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  • We need a frame wide and tall enough to support our hop plants
  • We’ll need to be able to move the frame

If you’d like to design and build our hop support in exchange for a fun day with us plus payment in beer, email your ideas and details through to hopgarden@epicbeer.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

New Addition to the One Trick Pony Stud

November 14th, 2016 Posted by News, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Welcome Epic Loral Smashy Lager!

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About the beer:
Loral is a brand new hop release from the US, previously know as HBC291. Of noble heritage, it straddles the fence between old and new world hop aromatics. We felt the characteristics of this hop would be best showcased in a lager style.
With a traditional malt base of German Pilsner malt, it leaves a clean malt cushion in the background, with a pleasant floral citrus and slightly herbal aroma, and a noble hop flavour and balanced clean bitter finish.

ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 20
HOPS: Loral

Availability:
NZ Wide from mid-November 2016 in keg and 500ml bottles. Any updates will be posted here.

Launch:
Liquor Land Mount Maunganui Growler Station – 16 November 2016

 

My Little Hop Garden

November 3rd, 2016 Posted by Hops, News, Uncategorized 1 comment

DAY 115

Hop harvest time is in our sights!

DAY 111

After over a day of persistent rain…

They hops’ aroma has started to change from ultra-green celery like to what we’d expect from hops. We were considering harvesting the hops this week, but we’ll have to wait for them to dry out a bit now.

DAY 108

We clearly didn’t need to pull out the watering can today…

The time to harvest these little beauties is getting closer and closer – we’ll then have to decide what to do with them (putting them in a beer would make most sense, right?). Stay tuned.

DAY 101

It’s really been quite the journey for #MyLittleHopGarden. In spite of a bout of dreadful weather and relentless sou’westers, we’ve finally had a week or so of weather that the hops love: Lots of sun, no wind. It won’t be long until we’ll harvest the hops, we’re looking forward to them developing some sweet hop aromas.

DAY 81

This is a thing of great beauty!

DAY 79

So a lot has happened over the holiday break. It seems that this summer has been quite windy, which as discussed before, does not make hops happy.

Nonetheless, our first hop flowers have developed. Most are still at the “burr” stage, but here are some of the flowers that we have so far:

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DAY 50

Perhaps the last update until after Christmas. The leading plants have grown about two feet since day 48 – the result of some beautiful sunny days!

DAY 48

Let’s have more of this sunshine! The hops have had a real beating from the wind lately, and they clearly don’t like it. It really is incredible to see how much they grow in one day when the conditions are right.

DAY 47

After a relatively slow growing week (hops hate wind and lack of sunshine), the hops boosted over the sunny weekend. We are going to have to figure out what we’re going to with our scales – these hops are getting up there…

DAY 42

DAY 39

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DAY 37

They are over 6 feet high! The leaves and stems have started to get bigger too. They are clearly liking the fertiliser they were given.

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DAY 35

DAY 33

The “Ed Scale” is introduced to track the growth of the hops. How long will this be sustainable?!

DAY 28

DAY 23


DAY TWENTY 

DAY THIRTEEN 

DAY TWELVE

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DAY NINE

Check it out – our hop plants are boosting! As you can see, they are starting to grow leaves now, so they’re growth is going to be even faster from now on. Photosynthesis is our friend!
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We hope you’re enjoying watching them grow as much as we are.

DAY SEVEN

DAY SIX

And they’re off! It’s pretty cool to see the difference that one day makes. All four hop plants have now emerged!

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Hop plant 1

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Hop plant 2

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Hop plant 3

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Hop plant 4

 


DAY FIVE

The heavy rain showers and sunny weekend clearly paid off for our hops. Check it out – three of the four plants have sprouted!

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A few people have asked what we’re feeding them. They are growing in roses mix, which is meant to be best for growing hops in pots. Now that they’ve sprouted they’ll grow like crazy, so we’ll have to sort out their new home under a support structure. We may be looking for some help with building this – stay tuned.



DAY TWO

No watering required – plenty of fresh Auckland cloud juice today.

No watering required today!


DAY ONE

We’ve got our hands on some New Zealand hop rhizomes! We’re not sure of the variety yet, we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. We’ll be following their progress and keep posting updates for you here.

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At this stage, we’ve just put the rhizomes into pots in a sunny sheltered spot. We’ll build a frame to suspend the hop bines in a spot that gets optimal sunlight.

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Stay tuned!