Easy Growing beer hops in your backyard



Growing hops in your backyard and or in containers is easy. Starting with hop rhizomes or young potted plants from a nursery is the best way to go. Hop rhizomes are cheaper and easier to order online than potted hop plants. Rhizomes weigh little and come wrapped in newspaper and a large envelope ready for planting.

If you’ve limited space or planting in containers you might consider planting dwarf hops such as Prima Donna (First Gold). Prima Donna hops are an excellent choice as they only grow 2-3 meters tall and have short laterals making it quite manageable to grow up strings or small trellises. Prima Donna is a dual purpose hop. It has well balanced bitterness and a fruity, slightly spicy note. Excellent in EPA, American Pale Ale, IPA, English bitter, Blonde Ales.

Normal hop varieties grow very tall. A plan is needed to give the bines good support. There are many ways to support hops, from customised trellises, growing up sides of the house to training them to grow along garden fences. There’s always room, so it’s simply finding what works best for you in your particular garden.

Home growers naturally plant their favourite variety of hops or if they’re feeling adventures they’ll opt for a more exclusive hop not often sold in home brew shops. Phoenix is an excellent choice. It’s quite a unique hop. According to The British Hop Association, Phoenix is "a little known hop as it was originally grown and sold to just one brewer" Phoenix hops have fresh flavour characteristics that include pine, floral, chocolate, molasses and slightly spicy. Phoenix is a dual purpose hop and interesting results have been acclaimed when used as a late hop addition. Excellent hops in India Pale Ale, Bitter, Golden Ale, Triple India Pale Ale, English Ale, Extra Special Bitter (ESB), Stout Porter.



Planting of hop rhizomes is done in the spring and harvested in autumn. The first years harvest will be small. The second year will be moderate. The third year will give a full crop of hop cones and a healthy hop plant will bitter and give aroma to approximately 50 -100 litres of beer.

Hope you have fun growing hops and enjoy your homemade beer produced with the freshest hops your likely to come by :)




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Having bought JG fittings for a four keg draft beer system it was not long before discovering the fittings broke very easily, resulting in leaked gas and beer. Not at all what you would expect of an industry leading product as the sellers would have us believe.

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Get decent beer and gas line fittings – John Guest – be gone!

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Baking Beer Bread


  • 2 dl of spent beer malt
  • 11 dl ordinary white flour
  • 4 dl finger warm water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp powdered milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried yeast

Set bake machine to bake standard bread which is typically around 3 hours 30 minutes.

You can experiment and adapt the recipe. For example:

  • Omit powered milk
  • Substitute white cane sugar for, candy sugar, bakers syrup or other
  • Use more beer malt, say 1 dl more to start with
  • Substitute dried yeast for yeast slurry from a brew.
    Caution: It's hard to say just how active your yeast slurry might be, so don't let the dough rise too much and go over the top in your baking machine.
    It can cause fire. Play safe, remove the dough and bake in oven instead.

That's it! Let me know how you get on...

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