potted zeus hop “harvest”

zeus on the vine

a couple days ago my potted zeus hop plant seemed to be ready for harvest.

  • the cones on the plant looked like they were ready to go.  like the vojvodina cones, they were light to the touch and contained some lupulin:

zeus cone profile

  • the hop vine was nowhere as prolific as the vojvodina, but it still reached my second story window.  after cutting down the vine, I brought it inside to do some picking.

cutting the zeus

zeus doubled up

zeus vine inside

  • when all was said and done, I had a little over 4 ounces of wet hops (vs. over 12oz for the vojvodina!).  not amazing, but not bad for a little late hop addition.

4oz of zeus

  • instead of using these wet/fresh, I laid them out on a screen where they have been drying for the last couple of days with a small fan on them.  since they have been drying in a somewhat cool environment inside, I am going to let them go for another couple days before bagging and freezing them.

zeus drying on screen

  • I planted the zeus for their very high alpha acid (AA) content, and I can already tell the difference between this batch and my last harvest.  I had to wash my hands multiple times while picking because they kept sticking together from all the lupulin!

zeus vine

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5 Responses to “potted zeus hop “harvest””

  1. overcarbed.com - your homebrewing and beer destination Says:

    […] up with more of a hoppy profile (maybe a fresh hop IPA?).  hopefully I’ll also have enough zeus next year to have a little fresh hop […]

  2. Garbe Says:

    nice pics!
    i’ m italian home brewers , it’ s easy for you find a zeus rizoma ?

  3. admin Says:

    yeah, i got mine from http://www.freshops.com. if you ask them, maybe they can ship overseas…

  4. Garbe Says:

    Thank for info , another shot question , the first italian brewery on your head in this moment .

  5. admin Says:

    unfortunately, I really can’t think of ANY italian brewery offhand. I have been reading about the rise of italian craft brews in celebrator magazine and articles like this one, however. which one is your favorite?

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