So my son's vocal coach lives on a farm. About 5 years ago, a friend convinced her husband to plant hops as he brewed beer. Well... I don't know what happened for sure, but long story short is he doesn't brew beer (or drink) anymore. Her husband has been continuing to grow them, but just cuts them down. He thinks its cool how they climb up (and he's right... it is pretty cool). Doesn't know what type they are, but the ones in the picture below have a nice grapefruit smell to them.
At any rate...
When I was inspecting them tonight, the really good bines have the cones pictured below. The leaves on the cones are not very "papery" yet and the cone still has a lot of "spring" to it. There were a couple of other bines that didn't get as much water this summer and although the cones were papery, they turned brown in the last two weeks. I don't plan on using them, but just wanted to let you know that I've an idea what the fresh hops should look and feel like.
At any rate... here are the hops that I'd like to harvest. Thoughts on if it is too soon to harvest based on my description?