- Pick a couple of cones from the vine and check to see how they feel. If they still feel damp and heavy and stay compressed when you squeeze them, they aren’t ready to harvest yet. If the cones are opening up and feel dry and papery and spring back to their original shape when squeezed, they are ready.
- Check for lupulin near the stem of the cone. The lupulin should be visible when picked, a golden yellow and sticky to touch.
- You can also use the smell test when checking your hops. Just split open a cone and rub it in your hand. If it gives off a strong onion, garlicky or grassy smell, it is not ready yet. The aromatics of the hops will be much more pronounced when they are ripened.
Be sure to check back next month for more great tips on harvesting your hops. Until then, happy harvesting from Lebanon Home Brew!