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Ingredients / Re: Hop Oil
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:52:14 PM »
And to take things to the next level, there's this: http://hopwater.com/.  I've actually used the Freshops product to flavor water before and it was a pleasant surprise while out riding my bike to reach down and take a hit of hop flavored water!  The candy will also achieve a similar result and works well in hot tea and coffee. 

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Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:35:15 AM »

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Ingredients / Re: Hop Oil
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:30:01 PM »
If it's anything like this: http://freshops.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key=MERCHOIL, it should be a hit.  Great for those events you get stuck at where your host ends up providing a keg of BMC or other lifeless beer.  A drop or two will help you get through the event a little better.

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Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 10:37:07 PM »

Wonder where in N. MI?

The guys I know on teh brewing side like some of the qualities of the Chinook and Cascade from MI. They say the aromatics are very nice.

Don't quote me but I think I remember hearing near TC?  I did get some of the 'pineapple' Chinook from Jeff & Bonnie but haven't tried them yet.

 

Apparently the thinking is that there is another hop shortage coming up - or at least good profit margins to be made in the next few years.
 

I've seen some unbelievable numbers on the planned expansions and have to think it's all tied to contracts.  Lots of brewers, especially the new ones, are tired of ending up with the 'scraps' that may or may not be there after all the contracts are filled so they're finally contracting.  And you're right when saying that hop prices are finally rising.  Not a whole lot, but enough to justify the growers investment in some additional acreage.  I've heard from a few sources that there could be a downside to the expansions in that there will come a point that additional drying capacity will be needed to get the crop dried in a timely manner, and I guess a new dryer can run in the millions?  Get ready to pay a little bit more for your hops in the next few years to help finance the dryers.

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Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:31:12 AM »
While attending a hop conference here in Ohio two weeks ago, a fellow mentioned to me that one of the big players in Yakima was considering establishing some test acreage (200A?) in Northern MI. $2000/A in MI is quite a savings from what land is going for in the Yak Valley.  Business is business I guess. 

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Ingredients / Re: neomexicanus
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:35:02 PM »
I had two bombers and found it really tasty!  My taste buds really aren't all that sharp to be able to discern a lot of subtleties but I did get a general fruitiness along with a very clean, crisp character.  The first sip actually took me back to when I first started enjoying beer (late 70's) when the hopping levels were quite a bit higher (pre-craft), and I can't  remember what beer it was, but the Wild Hop reminded me of that flavor.  It could be that the Neo's contain some of the oil components that the 'late hops of yesteryear' also contained?  Todd mentioned that he never had an oil analysis done on any of them but I have seen some numbers on some other Neo's that are out there and the cohumulone levels are off the charts.  Either way, I'm a fan!

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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:37:26 PM »
That sounds about right, thanks!

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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:33:59 AM »
Just curious as to what they charged you for the oil analysis as I've got some seedlings that have made it through the first couple years of hurdles and am thinking that they're worth spending a few bucks to see what's actually inside now?   

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Hop Growing / Re: Crown removal
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:11:06 PM »
If you're talking about running bamboo, then yes.  Hops are way easier to contain than bamboo.

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Hop Growing / Re: Crown removal
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:11:22 AM »

Interesting.  We have four hills going, and all are in half wine barrels.  two will need some work, and I had intended to clean them up in January or so.  Are you saying it's better to "harvest some rhizomes" now?  I've done this type of thing with rhubarb for years, and had planned the same M.O.
I was mostly talking about crowns, but I think just cutting and moving rhizomes might be a little more dicey due to rhizomes having less energy stored up than crowns.  Actually, that's how I obtained my first cuttings.  I spotted a wild one about this time of the year and took the chance of yanking up a chunk of rhizome and planting it in a cornfield close to where I lived.  The following spring I dug it up and moved it to a permanent location with great results.  They're really durable plants and have a great desire to live so I'm sure you'll have success with whatever you plan.

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Hop Growing / Re: Crown removal
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:55:30 AM »
el_capitan,  it's a great time to do that sort of thing.  One big benefit is that the soil is usually easier to work with at this time of the year, as many times you're dealing with a bunch of mud in the Spring.  Not only is it messy, but you can harm your soil structure when it's wet. 

The other huge benefit is that those cuttings that are moved will be able to begin developing new roots until the soil freezes.  When you do this in the spring, root growth/development is very slow until the soil warms enough to get them going.  Try one crown this fall and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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Hop Growing / Re: Crown removal
« on: October 06, 2014, 07:49:54 PM »

I may replant it in a different location....or I may just blast!

Here's your best friend (borrowed from another hop grower)!  https://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/dupont/FarmingWithDynamite/Mimage01.html

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Hop Growing / Re: Moisture percentage in dried hops
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:09:06 PM »
If they were 'ripe' you should end up with about .25oz.   http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/Hop_harvest_fact_sheet.pdf

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Ingredients / Re: Preparing Hops
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:47:40 AM »
I don't have a whole lot of time to listen to podcasts but I remember reading, don't remember where, but a few years ago an article Gerard Lemmens mentioned that hops that were destined for dry hopping should be taken out of the fridge and allowed to warm up a day (I think) before being used.  Pretty sure this was published before the "More Myrcene!!" movement occurred here in the US as myrcene used to be considered undesirable when it came to hop aroma. 

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Hop Growing / Re: Hermaphrodite hops
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:13:18 PM »
What do you do in this situation? Let it be?

I've had small amounts of male bloom on a few hops over the years and never had any problems with seeded hops.  One year my Zeus was about half male and still didn't have any seeds.  I've seen this situation explained two ways: 1) Any pollen produced will most likely not produce seeds on nearby females, and 2) If viable pollen is produced and nearby females are pollinated, the resulting seeds will not be viable.  Take it for what it's worth.  Mine should all be viable though, now that there's a male in my yard again!

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