|Cascade bines at Highland Brewery|
The plants struggled early in the season, part of the problem was that we received a bad batch of rhizomes that were shipped out. I pulled most of them out and replaced them with rhizomes with my Hop'n Blueberry rhizomes. I spent several days watching the growth and adding some secret ingredients that I have learned over the years.
Then the spurt began, after the last prune in May. It was non-stop growth. Almost unnatural. The soil and additives seemed to all kick in at once.
|Zues vines are monsters|
We decided to add hops form the Hop'n Blueberry for the bulk and and then to add the rest of the amount from Highlands hop vines, at least I thought. Cascades were the only variety picked. Tasting Room Manager, Grant DaSantos, and master brewer John Lyda, came over to the farm Wednesday afternoon to help me harvest.
|Grant DaSantos shows off 5 lbs of HnB's hops including a 3 incher|
The following day, Grant and a small crew proceeded to harvest cascade cones from 3 vines. That's when the phone call came in from Grant. I had requested that Grant weigh the hops from each vine separately. "You won't believe this", he started off.
"We got seven pounds off of the first vine!"
Yep, I have never heard of this kind of output from any bine planted in WNC. In fact, our standards have only been around 12 oz. per bine. Wow, I am still wondering if the scales are right, but, even the smallest looking bines were still producing two pounds apiece, and they also looked spectacular.
More to come!!