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How to Trellis Your Hop Plants July 13, 2017 00:00

Here is how we trellis our hops!  Let us know if you have any questions!  

What you need:

  • Wire

  • Coconut Rope

  • Stakes

Want to learn more about the wonderful world of hops?  Check out:

Hops 101:  Learn about the plant and what hops are used for

When To Harvest Your Hops:  Signs to look for when your hops are ready

Hops and Dogs:  Things to be aware of on brew day if you have a brew dog


Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife: What's Up With Hops? April 11, 2017 14:15 2 Comments

In this episode, we discuss everything I've learned about hops; how they grow, what they do to beer, and how to use them in other ways! 

I'd love to hear how you use hops! 


The BEST Smelling IPA Homebrewed Beer Soap EVER!!! (AKA Fierce Soap Meets Beer SOAP) February 23, 2017 16:07

IPA Homebrewed Beer Soap with Cascade Hops

‘Get Some’ Beer Soap by far is the best smelling beer soap I've ever smelled.  It’s scent is pretty damn close to Abercrombie & Fitch's Fierce Cologne. Think grain, cardamom, lemon, orange and fir. YUM!!!

When my husband bathe’s with this beer soap, I always joke with him that he might be ‘gettin’ some’ that night (wink wink)!

To top off this amazing scented soap, we add homegrown cascade hops as an exfoliant. Believe it our not, we grow 11 different varieties of hops in our backyard

So get a bar of our 'Get Some' IPA Beer Soap and let me know how your evening goes 😳… and while you're at it, try our Tobacco IPA and or Unscented IPA. We’ve also conveniently packaged them in a Three Pack for you! 

Bathe responsibly,

HOPS AND DOGS February 06, 2017 00:00

Hops and Dogs

This is a Public Service Announcement: HOPS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS!!!

We are now a proud owner of an Australian Cattle Dog! His name is Otter…(because he looked like one when he was born) and we’ve added Pop to his name because who in my generation didn’t like Otter Pops?

Otter-Pop is an amazing dog. He’s really good with the kids, especially our one year old. He trains quickly, and hasn’t peed or pooped in the house to date (I just jinxed it!)

As you know we grow and harvest hops. Hops and dogs don’t mix. When a dog ingests hops, the hops can cause Malignant Hyperthermia. That’s two big words for 'your dog can over heat RAPIDLY and die.' If you think your dog has eaten hops, get them to a vet pronto. Your dog may be vomiting, or having seizures.

On brew day, make sure you keep your unused hops away from dogs, and be conscious of spent hops that you may put in your compost. Dogs like those grains, so if you are adding spent hops to the mix, keep your dog away!

If you grow hops, cage them off. We’ve found that our dog LOVES digging them up.

Interested to hear the precautions you take!

HOP LOTION and (what did you say?).... BEER LOTION? September 29, 2016 21:24

Hops Infused Lotion Handbrewed Soaps

This weekend is a big weekend for us! We’re celebrating Handbrewed Soaps 4-year anniversary! We thought this would be the perfect time to launch our newest product line. Drum roll please……..

Introducing our new Limited Edition HANDBREWED LOTION!

Choose from our IPA Hop Infused Lotion that includes our homegrown hops! It is scented with the popular ‘Get Some’ scent.


Quench your skin’s thirst with our Homebrewed Oatmeal Stout Lotion. (What what?) Yup… Beer is in the lotion! Yum!  

Both have amazing ingredients including Mango Butter, Organic Aloe Vera, Grapeseed Oil, and Vitamin E.

So stop on over at the Handbrewed Soaps Shop and try our NEW Limited Edition Lotions. For this weekend only (Now through OCT. 2), they are available for an introductory price of 12.95! (They’ll be going for $14.95 on Monday!)

 One more thing...

Want to hang out with us and have a beer? Join us this Saturday at Oakland’s Finest Oaktoberfest! We are next to Homebrew Alley… See you there!

HOW TO HARVEST HOPS September 03, 2016 00:00

Harvest Hops

There are two main ways to harvest your hops when it is time. You can either pick them off the plant or cut the whole bine down, and then pick them. Each way has their benefits. Below is a description of each that should help you determine which is best for you.

1) Pick The Cones Off The Plant - This technique should DEFINITELY be used if this is your plant’s first harvest. By picking the cones by hand off the plant and waiting for the bines to die, will allow important nutrients to go back into the root system for next years growth.

2) Cut the Bine Down With The Cones On It- This technique should be used on all future harvests. Make sure you cut two to three feet above ground so that the root system doesn’t become injured. Also, be careful not to damage the lupulin (the yellow sticky powder) as you cut the bines down.

And remember, you will need to have a ladder, clean shears, and gloves on hand. Wearing a long sleeve shirt is also important so you don’t get cut by the plant’s sharp barbed hairs!

Find out WHEN to harvest your hops, here!

Happy Harvesting!

Havest Hops


One of our goals on our “When in Doubt, Go North Road-trip” was to see a hop farm. We grow 11 different varieties in our backyard, so seeing a full-fledged farm was a dream come true. Therefore, Rogue Farms was our next stop on our trip.

Rogue Farm is located in Independence, OR. The farm is surrounded by acres of Hop fields. As you enter the farm, there is a tasting room on your left that offers food with a kid’s menu. There are picnic tables that line the perimeter of lawn where you are welcome to play corn-hole, Frisbee, giant chests, or giant scrabble! You can take a tour with an employee or walk around yourselves (just make sure you don't go into any areas that say Employees Only). We spent a good two hours there and would have stayed longer had the heat not gotten to us! So the next time you are in Oregon, stop at Rogue Farms! It's a very chill, family beer environment! Pictures are the best way to capture this adventure (see below!) !! Family Friendly Rating : 5+ stars, Beer Rating: 4 (See our rating system!)


Rogue Beer


Hop Fields


Hop Kiln Rogue




Know When to Pick Your Hops

It’s Hop Harvest Time! Use these two simple rules to help determine if it’s time to harvest your hops!

  1. Squeeze the hop cones lightly. If the cones feel dry and papery when squeezed, they are ready. You should also hear a crinkle sound! If they feel damp and heavy when you squeeze them, they aren’t ready to harvest.

  2. If lupulin is present, a yellow substance on the outside of the cone, your cones are ready!      

Once your hops are ready to harvest, make sure you choose a dry day without a lot of wind to pick them. Wear gloves to prevent any irritation on your skin that can be caused by the stems and leaves. Dry your hops using a screen before you package them for future use!

Happy Harvesting!