Hop Breeding, 2016 Results

Monday, August 29th, 2016

You may want to start by reading: Growing hops from seed, Hop Breeding, Hop Results 2014

We are starting to catalog the experimental hops growing at the Barber Hop Yard. This page will be updated as data rolls in. There are a total of 42 different crosses – culled down from the germination of over 500 seeds. Some are first-generation crosses in their 3rd year, others are second-generation crosses in their 2nd year. Every plant was dug up and transplanted in the spring in order to help mediate a side-by-side comparison.

NHB006

Very healthy plant with tons of fluffy, torpedo shaped cones. Took over its neighbor 012 a bit.

  • Cross: Magnum x Cascade
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.5″
  • Yield: 390g / 13.8oz
  • Notes: Torpedo shaped cones. Compare to 2014 cones.
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NHB012

Square shaped,  2-tone cones. The large cones were plentiful and had a pleasant scent.

  • Cross: Magnum x Cascade
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 3″
  • Yield: 371g / 13.0oz
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NHB018

This plant was taken over by 021. Only had a few cones, but may have done better if given the space…

  • Cross: Magnum x Cascade
  • Picked: Nope
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.5″
  • Yield: NA
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NHB021

Huge plant with red bines and the biggest cones in the yard. Took over neighboring bines. What a beast! Originally, I thought that 018 had 4.5 cones, but it was really just this plant taking over!

  • Cross: Magnum x Chinook
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 3.25 – 4.5″
  • Yield: 531g / 18.7oz
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NHB025

Huge plant with massive, thick bines. Took over a couple of the other plants. The massive amount of cones picked in 2014 was not a fluke – this thing puts out!

  • Cross: Magnum x Chinook
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.5″
  • Yield: 769g / 27.1oz
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NHB030

Planted late when 023 died. Didn’t really give it a fair shake.

  • Cross: Magnum x Cascade
  • Picked: NA
  • Cone size:
  • Yield: NA
  • Notes:  Just burrs (planted late)
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NHB031

The cones were covered in honey bees  – something that I have never seen before on hops. Observed 9/2 and 9/9. Bees were only on this one plant, avoiding all others. There was quite a bit of aphid damage (comparable to the Chinook), however the bees didn’t seem to be going after the aphids/honeydew. They seem to actually be trying to get into the cones. Took a short video. Lots of small dense cones. Smelled wonderful. Exciting plant. Honey bee continue to stick around the location long after it was cut down, but continued to ignore all the other hops.

  • Cross: Magnum x Cascade
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 1.75 – 2″
  • Yield: 498g / 17.6oz
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NHB032

Medium-size cones. Plant in good shape with no insect damage. Tangled a little with 031 next to it.

  • Cross: Magnum x Cascade
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 1.5 – 1.75″
  • Yield: 151g / 5.4oz
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NHB038

Medium and large somewhat fluffy cones. There were a few protoflowers. Almost skipped this one, but doesn’t look too bad after all. One or two angel wings. Really healthy overall with very little bug damage.

  • Cross: Magnum x Chinook
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 3.25″
  • Yield: 305g / 10.8oz
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NHB040

Clusters of raggedy cones that pop off easily sometimes, other times are hard to pull off. Hands felt oily afterwards.  Healthy plant no signs of male flowers. No angel wings. Good fade.

  • Cross: Magnum x Chinook
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.75″
  • Yield: 338g / 11.9oz
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NHB042

Clusters of small, round cones. What they make up for in size, they pay forward in abundance. Collected a ton of cones from this one.

  • Cross: Magnum x Chinook
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 1.25 – 1.75″
  • Yield: 668g / 25.6oz
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NHB046

Nice healthy plant. Lots of big cones. Some sections of brown where bines were damaged from picking the neighbors last week. Very, very small amounts of protoflowers. Only one or two angel wings.

  • Cross: Magnum x Sterling
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.5″
  • Yield: 304g / 10.7oz
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NHB049

Medium cones of consistent size. Plant in really good shape. Almost no fade. Quite a few angel wings. Square profile on ragged, pointed cones.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.75 – 3.25″
  • Yield: 403g / 14.2oz
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NHB050

Tight sharp cones. Very healthy plant. A few angel wings. Only a little fade.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 3.25 – 4.25″
  • Yield: 269g / 9.5oz
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NHB052

  • Cross: Nugget x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.75″
  • Yield: 271g / 9.6oz
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NHB055

Long cones with hooked bracts (like chinook). Overall very healthy plant.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.75″
  • Yield: 182g / 6.4oz
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NHB065

Beautiful plant with clusters of dense conical cones with small points. Unfortunately, I found a few small sections of protoflowers. Not sure I should be concerned…found a few more developed flowers decided not to pick after all. Culled.

  • Cross: Nugget x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 1.5 – 2.25″
  • Yield: NA
  • Notes: Culled 9/9/2016
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NHB067

Very healthy plant with large bines that are stripped with red like a candy cane. Not a very big plant, but it has lots and lots of cones. Cones are deeply hooked like chinook with a square profile. Many are still light green. May have been able to ripen up a little longer. Very, very small amount of dead protoflowers. Looks like it may have gone through a little bit of stress early in the season. So few that I’m not sure if we should be concerned.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.25″
  • Yield: 329g / 11.6oz
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NHB069

Clusters of medium size cones with a round profile and pointed. Most developed in sets of three. Very healthy looking plant. Cones popped off easy. No angel wings.

  • Cross: Galena x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2 – 3″
  • Yield: 240g / 8.5oz
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NHB073

Intermixed a bit with 080. Long cones size medium and smaller. Several cones with angel wings and lots of clusters of deformed, smaller hops. However no signs of male protoflowers at all. Very plentiful, smells good.

  • Cross: (Magnum x Cascade) x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.5 – 3″
  • Yield: 243g / 8.6oz
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NHB080

Healthy plants with tons of small to medium, dense cones. A consistent conical shape. A few angel wings and protoflowers, but nothing fully developed. Only picked a few of the cones the ones that fell off on 9/2. Took a long time to complete the harvest on 9/9.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2, 9/9
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.75″
  • Yield: 634g / 22.3oz (293g wet)
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NHB082

Lots of very dense, very heavy, long cones. Small to medium in size. Only filled half a bag, but it weighs a lot. They feel dry enough to pick and the microscope showed mature glands – so, I think they are just really, really dense.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2.5 – 3″
  • Yield: 380g / 13.4oz
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NHB083

Late cones. Didn’t pick.

  • Cross: Pride of Ringwood x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: Nope
  • Cone size: 1 – 1.25″
  • Yield: NA
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NHB084

Late cones. Didn’t pick.

  • Cross: Pride of Ringwood x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: Nope
  • Cone size: .75 – 1.25″
  • Yield: NA
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NHB093

Huge cones. Some brown sections indicate that we may have waited too long to pick. Kadie thinks they have strong a garlic smell. I reluctantly agree… They are a bit overripe.

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 3″
  • Yield: 446g / 15.7oz
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NHB098

Lots of medium-size cones. An incredibly healthy plant with very few angel wings.

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.75″
  • Yield: 330g / 11.6oz (1300g wet)
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NHB102

Long incredibly compact cones with a square profile and hooks that almost turn up (curls).  Huge, solid bines. Smells great. Healthy plant.

  • Cross: Chinook x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 2.25 – 2.5″
  • Yield: 145g / 5.7oz
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NHB105

Lots of medium density cones in various small,medium and large size. Only one or two  protoflowers and a few angel wings. Fresh conses smell quite good.

  • Cross: Galena x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.75″
  • Yield: 318g / 11.3oz
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NHB107

Tons of beautiful cones in a consistent medium/large size. Cones feel heavy in the hand and smell great. Healthy plant shows almost no insect damage. Bines have minimal red striping.  No signs of angel wings or protoflowers. Cones easy to harvest. Amazing overall. Keep this one unless it tastes bad!

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2″ (very consistent!)
  • Yield: 394g / 13.9g
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NHB112

Huge square cones leave showing a bit of fade. Very healthy plant overall. A few angel wings.

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 3 – 3.25″
  • Yield: 238g / 8.4oz
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NHB115

Lots of large, square shaped, uniform cones. Very healthy plant with very minimal bug damage. Easy to pick. Seem to be perfectly ripe. Almost no angel wings.

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 3 -3.25″
  • Yield: 303g / 10.1oz
  • Notes: Beautiful cones, even dried.
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NHB116

Really healthy plant with lots of spiny, medium sized hop cones. Consistent shape. No angel wings or protoflowers. Hops popped off really easy and were fun to pick. Best of the POR. Nice contender.

  • Cross: Pride of Ringwood x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 1.25 – 1.5″
  • Yield: 328g / 11.6oz
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NHB119

Amazing amount of cones. Medium in size with a general conical shape. Almost no bug damage to the hops. Only one angel wing and no protoflowers. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of hops…

  • Cross: Galena x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.25″
  • Yield: 614g / 21.7oz
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NHB120

Large tight cones, but lots of bug damage on the plant (about the same as a Chinook plant). Cones felt heavy in the hand and had a satisfying thump when thrown into the box :)

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.5″
  • Yield: 184g / 6.5oz
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NHB121

Big cones, but only a few remained at the end of the season. An early flush may have messed things up.

  • Cross: Nugget x EV02
  • Picked: Nope
  • Cone size: 1.5 – 2.25″
  • Yield: NA
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NHB122

Massive amount of medium-size cones clustered mostly near the tangled top of the plant. Cones feel light and fluffy in the hand. Good-looking two tone color. No angel wings or protoflowers to be seen.

  • Cross: Galena x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 9/9
  • Cone size: 1.75 – 2.5″
  • Yield: 422g / 15oz
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NHB123

Our little mutant with the asymmetrical leaves and small, strange cones. They smell good, but are hard to pick.

  • Cross: (Magnum x Chinook) x (Magnum x Chinook)
  • Picked: 9/2
  • Cone size: 1 – 1.5″
  • Yield: 79g / 2.8oz
  • Notes: The happy mutant. Strange leaves. Stranger hops.
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NHB126

Only one ready to pick 8/25. Nice cones, but only a few remained at the end of the season. An early flush may have messed things up.

  • Cross: (Magnum x Cascade) x (Magnum x Cascade)
  • Picked: 8/25
  • Cone size: 2 – 2.5″
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4 Responses to “Hop Breeding, 2016 Results”


  1. WH Says:

    Wow that’s a lot of crosses! Good work!


  2. AJ Says:

    hey man, great stuff you are doing here. I just finished reading all your hop breeding results from the past few years. Incredible, very well documented. I have a few questions in regards to hop breeding. I’m a newbie and am trying to grow hops in florida with the hopes of breeding something that can withstand the summer humidity and shorter summer days. If you have time I would love to hear your thoughts on how YOU would tackle the endeavor. Also, what books or online articles would you recommend to build knowledge on the subject of hop breeding? Thanks!


  3. nagmay Says:

    AJ,
    Unfortunately, there is not a lot of literature out there. I do know that there are recent projects to grow hops in Florida and other warm places. Have you had any contact with https://twitter.com/flhops ?

    One of the issues to tackle may have to do with the length of the day where you are – which peaks around 14hr on the solstice. That has been a big problem for developing hops to grow in places like South Africa. Southern Promise, Southern Brewer and Outeniqua have been bred to work in that light limit.

    I believe that Southern brewer is available from Great Lakes Hops. Might be a promising starting point for you.


  4. gabriel nagmay (dot com) | Archive » Hop Breeding, 2017 Says:

    […] started by germinating over 500 crosses. In 2016, this was culled down to 42 vigorous, female varieties that were grown side-by-side for comparison. After data collection and taste tests, we have limited […]

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