Can you guess what one of our next project is?

Hint: has to do with this plant in the picture.

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THE ANSWER IS: Boy ya’ll are smart.  “Hops” is the mystery plant.   Good guessing everyone.


  1. Kelly says:


  2. Alan says:

    That’s a hop vine. Your making beer!

  3. jess says:


  4. Danny says:

    Thirding the beer. Awesome!

  5. Robert Lindsay says:

    Is that hops??? you guys are so awsome!!!!

  6. Rob says:

    Those look a lot like Raspberry’s, but I guess I’ll go along with the crowd having never seen a hop plant. 😉

  7. Laura @ Getting There says:

    I had to read the comments to learn what that plant is…good luck with this project, it should be fun!

  8. Ben Wideman says:

    Oh my! Will it be possible to buy locally grown hops for future batches of homebrew??? That would be lovely.

    Can you share the variety with your readers?

  9. k says:

    I’m guessing beer as it’s a hop plant.

  10. Debbie says:

    Beer? That’s so cool! Have fun with the experiments. I’m sure you’ll let us know how you did.

  11. cathay says:

    I just inherited my first hopvine from a friend and planted it last weekend. Since they grow so fast I’m hoping it will shade my hot and sunny patio and then do double duty for making beer. How many vines do you think I would need to make a few gallons of beer? My husband loves a strong hop taste in his beer so we’re hoping to make some of our own. Does anyone have recipes we could try?

  12. Laurie says:

    We grow hops too! They shade our western patio beautifully (after we built a super strong frame for them to climb on). We brew beer with the hops, but we still have more than we can possibly use. Sachets, food powders, any other ideas for use? I would love to be able to sell them! We started with 5 plants, but they expand rapidly. We will need to root prune soon.

  13. Wendy says:

    That’s so cool! We brew our own beer and make hard cider/apple wine, too. It’s a lot of fun, and we (like to) think our homebrew is better than anything we can buy ;).

  14. Margy Porter says:

    We have five hops bines on the west and north of our house. They grow TALL and fast- all the way to the roof of our two-story home. I’d suggest named varieties as they have significantly differing qualities in beermaking. Beautiful, easy care, useful plants- LOVE THEM.

  15. Kimberly says:

    Does Wendy (Comment #13) want to share her hard cider/apple wine recipe???? Please, please, please!

  16. CE says:

    In my area there is a great shop that caters to home brewers and wine makers. If you have extra hops or fruit or grapes you might check to see if they have a market for your excess or if they might let you post a 3×5 card for their customers to contact you. Of course the first stop for extra fruit and veg should probably be the local food bank or homeless kitchen but people now want perfect LOOKING produce even if they get it for free so if it is less than perfect looking it will make great juice, wine etc.

  17. Ric Smith says:

    Hops are amazing plants. Have a few different varities growing at home for brewing our own beer. What type of hops are you guys growing? I would assume you’re making beer later this fall?

    One thing that I learned about hops over the past few years is cutting back the bines until about May 15th is very important for a good harvest in late summer. Cutting the bines back to the ground allow the crowns to keep growing under the surface. Once May 15th comes around, let 3-4 bines go and cut all the rest back. You’ll have a great harvest if you do that each year. Best of luck to you guys. I absolutely love your site and everything you are doing!!!

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