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Name your hop source!
« on: January 10, 2017, 01:44:33 AM »
Thread topic is as descibed: where do you get your hops?  This has come up here and there in other threads, but I'm not sure there is a thread dedicated to it.  So, where do you source your hops, and why?   

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 01:48:51 AM »
YVH - great packaging, quality, variety is stellar.

Farmhouse - good variety, quality.

Hop Heaven on ebay - very high quality.


Thses are my favorite 3, but I buy from other vendors.
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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 01:54:48 AM »
I switched to Yakima Valley Hops last year.

Why?

1. Good recommendations from this forum.

2. Lots of inventory/choices.

3. I like 2 oz portions. I am a small batch brewer, so, I don't want pounds.

4. I had a garlicky beer and decided I wanted a better hop supplier.

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 01:58:04 AM »
YVH - great packaging, quality, variety is stellar.

Farmhouse - good variety, quality.

Hop Heaven on ebay - very high quality.


Thses are my favorite 3, but I buy from other vendors.
And thus the point of this thread.  Until a few seconds ago I thought Yakima Valley Hops could only be ordered by commercial stores (not sure why). 

Countdown to me ordering stuff I don't really need right now...

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 02:08:37 AM »
YVH - great packaging, quality, variety is stellar.

Farmhouse - good variety, quality.

Hop Heaven on ebay - very high quality.


Thses are my favorite 3, but I buy from other vendors.
And thus the point of this thread.  Until a few seconds ago I thought Yakima Valley Hops could only be ordered by commercial stores (not sure why). 

Countdown to me ordering stuff I don't really need right now...

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I think you're confusing it with Yakima Chief/Hop Union (YCH)

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2017, 02:11:24 AM »
YVH - great packaging, quality, variety is stellar.

Farmhouse - good variety, quality.

Hop Heaven on ebay - very high quality.


Thses are my favorite 3, but I buy from other vendors.
And thus the point of this thread.  Until a few seconds ago I thought Yakima Valley Hops could only be ordered by commercial stores (not sure why). 

Countdown to me ordering stuff I don't really need right now...

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I think you're confusing it with Yakima Chief/Hop Union (YCH)
I think you're right.  That said, I just took a quick look on my phone at the YVH site, I like that 8oz and 2 oz orders are an option. 

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2017, 02:41:15 AM »
YVH and Farmhouse are my go-to's for new/experimental varieties and imports. I will usually place an order with Ted from Hop Heaven when the year's new crop comes out to stock up on my standbys. I also use Freshops and Hops Direct, but they require bulk purchases and I only brew 3 gallon batches. Yes, I have been known to stuff close to a pound of hops in a 3-gallon batch, but I prefer to mix and match a few varieties.  8)
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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2017, 03:12:35 AM »
I spent 15 minutes the other day looking for a Hop Heaven website after seeing it mentioned a few times on other threads and came to the conclusion he only sells via Ebay.  Is this right? 

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2017, 03:28:19 AM »
I spent 15 minutes the other day looking for a Hop Heaven website after seeing it mentioned a few times on other threads and came to the conclusion he only sells via Ebay.  Is this right? 

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Yep. Only eBay.

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2017, 03:55:45 AM »
I spent 15 minutes the other day looking for a Hop Heaven website after seeing it mentioned a few times on other threads and came to the conclusion he only sells via Ebay.  Is this right? 


He uses ebay as his storefront, but he also sends out a mailing right after the hop harvest to place an order from that year's expected inventory. I usually use him for domestic stuff that I use in quantity, and I stock up with enough Citra, Sterling, etc. for the year.
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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2017, 04:42:10 AM »
I tend to get things from nikobrew.com.  The selection goes up and down, but the prices are pretty good.  Looking quickly, the price/pound was roughly the same as YVH not including shipping (YVH is 6 bucks, nikobrew is $5).
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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2017, 05:26:52 AM »
YVH all the way.  Reliable quality, great service and a wide variety to play with.
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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2017, 06:49:38 AM »
Ted is an awesome guy. I got to judge Pale Ale with him at Seattle NHC with him last year. Then made him try my Helles and Helles Exportbier. That was fun.

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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2017, 01:39:41 PM »
Another Nikobrew vote here.  Plus Niko is a cool dude with a kilt...what more could you want?
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Re: Name your hop source!
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2017, 03:06:01 PM »
Crossmyloof brewery in Glasgow, or Malt Miller.
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