We build a new hop trellis. And no one notices.

Apr 15, 2009   //   by Jonathan   //   Beer wars, Blog, Hops  //  15 Comments

We got fewer compliments than expected on Monday on our brand-spankin’-new hop trellis. Which leads me to believe that beer lovers are insensitive and/or unobservant. Here she is, compliments of Jeanine and her camera:

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We built it last Sunday, just in time for our hops to join in the race to the moon. They’re competing against some lesser known Soviet hops, but will probably win considering how fast they are growing.

If you want to build your own hop trellis, it’s surprisingly easy. All you need is a Joel to tell you exactly what to do. Joel is pretty handy with this kind of stuff, which is why we keep him around after outsourcing his primary job functions.

But seriously, we dug some holes and put in the posts with Quikrete. Jigsawed the top boards and screwed them in. Cut the crossbeams with a 45° miter saw and drilled them in. It’s all very manly.

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Check these Cascade bines out. They make some lesser brewer’s hops look positively adorable in comparison.

  • http://www.cnybrew.com travis

    Just because you’re all on the front lines of global warming doesn’t mean you’re going to have a better hops harvest than us here in NY.

  • Jeanine

    I noticed!

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  • http://www.holzbrew.blogspot.com/ HolzBrew

    I’ve heard that hops only grow between the 35th and 55th parallel, which I believe the 35th parallel hits somewhere in Carolina. Have others in the Atlanta area had success with growing hops?

    If I’m not mistaken it has something to do with amount of hours of sunlight during the growing season.

    Regardless , I hope those hop vines take off for you guys. What type of hops did you plant?

  • http://www.mondaynightbrewing.com Jonathan

    We’ve had some success already, HolzBrew. Last week our bines have reached the top of the trellis. We also have many Atlanta friends who have had some success.

    It may not be the ideal climate for maximum production, but we should get some decent production this year. We planted all Cascade. We had some Willamette and Chinook but they didn’t make it.

  • Jeff

    We actually do have one plant of Chinook that made it. The rest are Cascade.

  • http://larameekidd.com Josh Kidd

    I’m a homebrewer and hop grower in Decatur, GA and it’s been working out pretty well for me too. I have Willamette, Hallertau, Cascade, Chinook, Fuggle, and Centennial all growing. I got at least a handful of cones off of all of those last year (first year planted) except Fuggle. The vines definitely look stronger this year and are growing faster. It seems like Georgia is a good place to grow hops to me.

    BTW: nice site!

  • Andy Goulding

    I like it. I want to build something similar to this. Can you post the lumber size and dimensions?

    Thanks

  • http://mondaynightbrewing.com Joel

    Hi Andy -

    We used all treated wood. Basic lumber was:

    4×4 – 12′ and recessed about 3 feet in the ground with concrete footers
    2×6 – 10′ and used 2 on the front and 2 on the back. Used a jigsaw to cut the nice pattern on the end.
    2×3 – Ripped the 2x6s in half and then used the 2x3s across the top. Cut 45 degree cuts on those for style.

    Fastened everything with 3.5″ deck screws. Used twine that goes to stakes in the ground for the actual hops to grow on.

    Overall took just a few hours with 3 of us working (well, jeff was more “supervising” and holding his baby).

    Hope that helps!

  • Andy Goulding

    Thanks. That exactly what I needed.

    Andy

  • Joe Ledermann

    I built my hop trellis from two adjustable paint poles. I set them into umbrella stands about 15′ apart with a length of heavy duty rope strung between. I then strung support lines to stakes on either side. I ran twine from the stake on the crown over the top line and down the other side to another stake, that way I can drop the whole plant if I want to check for disease and to make harvesting much easier. Your trellis looks nice but it isn’t tall enough for 2nd year plants and beyond. This is my 2nd year for my nugget and williamette and they are already clearing 20 ft and its only the middle of June.

  • Julie

    I will be building something similar in my side yard for hops and was thinking about using only one 4×4 at the ends instead of two 4x4s like you did. Mine will only be one section, whereas yours is two. Do you feel that the weight of the hop vines necessitated two 4×4′s?

    Thank you!

  • Joel

    Hi Julie -
    One 4×4 would work just fine. We did two more for aesthetic reasons and not engineering ones. The hops are quite light.
    Good luck!

  • http://darren.thiesen.us Darren Thiesen

    That looks really nice. I might just have to build a copycat of that when I plant my hops.

  • Ash

    I was actually saw this and now have hops growing in Columbus, GA. The Cascade seem to be doing the best so far, but I think they will all (Columbus, Chinook, & Newport) do better next year after having been established for a year. Thanks for the inspiration.