Other than a couple of (rather sickly) hop plants on my balcony, and that which I have read, I really have no clue when it comes to growing/harvesting hops. But....late last year (October-November, i.e. post potential harvest time), I discovered a potential (green) gold mine of wild hops just a few miles from where I live. Today, I had a ride past on my bike to see how things are looking this year, and they're looking good! This pic is of way less than 1/2 of the total hops growing in the area... They look like hops, smell like hops, and even taste like hops (I made some tea last year), but I of course have no idea what variety they might be related to, and/or what AA or attributes they might have... I will be looking around in the internet to see what I come up with, but maybe some of you have seen hops that look a bit like this!? Potentially a much more important question..... What should I do with them before throwing them in my brew? I would really like to brew a beer with them (just for shits-and-giggles), but am not sure if I can just throw them into the kettle. They are not near any sort of heavily used street, farm, industry or anything else that might contaminate them, but what about the natural creepy-crawlies?