The 2014 hop crop. I have 5 plants but for some reason this is always the most productive, has the most growth and gives the most hop cones. I’m quite certain they’re ready to pick, or darn close to it. The yellow powdery looking substance inside the cone are the lupulin glands. They have very aromatic oils inside that give you the bitterness for beer.
I’m debating about using them for a beer. They are Cascade hops, usually used for west coast style hoppy pale ales, not my favourite style but they’re okay. The only thing is that I don’t know how strong the hop oils are. Commercial farms have them tested in a lab to find out the levels of alpha acids in each particular harvest. These could be anywhere from 5 to 12% alpha acid level. You should have some indication of how strong they are, so that you know how many ounces of dried hops to use in a recipe. Otherwise, it could be really highly hopped or way underhopped. From the smell of these ones, I’m thinking they’re a bit on the lower side.