This is part 4 of the hopumentary - a documentary on growing hops at home. This episode is focused on hanging the sisal rope, which the plants will climb throughout the season. I-screws are used to fasten the rope to the rafters, and steaks are used to keep the rope tied to the ground.
This is a continuation of hops farming video series. This episode is focused on the ropes used for a hops trellis. I-screws were used and placed in the rafters at the top of the eve. The screws are fairly heavy weight and can handle plenty of support. The rope used is sisal rope, which is spun from the fibers of the agave plant. Many home brewers will suggest using rope spun from coconut due to its ability to withstand many season.
The hops plants have been in the ground for about a week. Zeus hops has been growing 204 inches per day. At this point the shoots are long enough so that they are starting to lean over. The shoots and leaves should be kept off the ground due to moisture and invasion from other pests and disease.
The sisal rope was hung from the top of the rafters first for simplicity. It is easier to strengthen the hops trellis from below, on the ground, where it is safer to do so. The rope is as tight as possible. It suggested to soak the rope in water prior to hanging. The rope can either stretch or tighten from moisture and this will help it get to a more stable state.
With Zeus and Nugget hops the shoots are trained up the trellis. They will grow in a clockwise path up the trellis...and cannot be forced to grow the other way around! Training them from the beginning allows for them to find their hold and start their climb. Go!
Watch the progress of growing hops on video. The video shows growing hops in an urban setting on the side of a house and on an arbor. The varietals include Glacier, Nugget, Zues, Horizon and Sterling.
There are many different hops varieties with their own flavor and aroma characteristics. We have a thorough hops guide that covers their growth habits and weaknesses as well.