The first hops are in!
I recently bought 20 rhizomes off a bloke named Aaron, user name AJ80 on the Aussie Home Brewer Forum.
10x Mt Hood, described as "They're a wonderful hop to brew with, delicate, but just lovely. Not as punchy as cascade, Chinook, etc."
And 10x Wild Canterbury Goldings "The Canterbury goldings are also quite intriguing - an earthy, yet lemony vibe."
The plan is to plant a few different varieties so we can experiment with flavours.
I'm really keen to brew the hops fresh off the bine in what's known as a "wet hopped" beer. Which doesn't sound particularly delicious... "fresh hopped" better?
Aaron's tips for planting:
"I loosened the soil to about 50cm deep and about 50cm wide and then worked through about 10kg of composted manure. Bury the rhizome in a furrow about 5-10cm deep and cover over. Give the whole thing a decent covering of straw mulch and you're pretty much set.
I sprinkle over some liquid seasol every two-three weeks once growth has kicked off, but stop this once the flowers form. Hope this helps!"
They arrived in an express post satchel, I then kept them in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
Then chucked them in the ground with the bulbs pointing up.
I'm lucky because the property already had beds and an irrigation system in place.
Saves a whole lotta digging!