Over the weekend we harvested most of the hops after doing several 'tests' to ensure they were ready. These tests consisted of ensuring they are somewhat dry and papery, then tearing a few open to ensure they have the aromatics and oils you would expect. We left a few plants in the ground and will check on them in a few weeks to see how they are doing, this is just a test to ensure we've harvested at exactly the right time.
Below are a few pictures from the event, everything from harvesting to brewing. I had some wonderful volunteers to help out all along the way, it sure makes quick work of harvesting. All in all, we collected about 2.5# of wet hops, mostly 2nd-year Cascade. This translates to roughly 7 oz of dried hops. I made a simple base wort with a CTZ bittering charge of 35 IBUs, then added all of the wet hops starting with 5 minutes left in the boil down through the whirlpool. The beer will be about 5.5% ABV and in the 40-50 IBU range, a refreshing Harvest Ale.