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Oasts and Hop Kilns

The Process of Hop Drying

Hops are grown in “hop gardens” (Kent and Sussex) or “Hop yards” (Hampshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire). The “bines” or stems grow up to 20 feet each year on poles. The young shoots were wound around the poles, a process known (in Kent) as “twiddling” From the mid 19th Century the introduction of […]

The 16th CE. The earliest evidence

The first evidence of hop growing and drying in England comes from books and old records, not surviving buildings. Hops had been  used in brewing in northern Europe for centuries but hardly at all in England up until the 16th CE. (The terminology is rather confusing: ale was made with […]