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    GET LUPULIN RICH
    GET LUPULIN RICH

    Before jumping into a discussion of lupulin-enriched hop pellet production, let’s start with a quick review of how “normal” hop pellets are produced.  The process of transforming hop cones to pellets begins when hop cones are hammer-milled into a powder. This sticky and aromatic powder is then blended to homogenize hops from multiple bales, cleaned to remove strigs, and then compressed into pellets using a pellet die.  Approximately 90% of the total hop cone weight is retained, so this sort of hop pellet is known as a Type 90 or T-90.  Most brewers usually skip the T-90 designation and refer to these as pelletized hops.

    American Bine: The Northwest United States’ Famous Crop
    American Bine: The Northwest United States’ Famous Crop

    As summer fades and the Pumpkin Spice Latte once again holds residence in a coffee shop near you, farmers in Yakima Valley take to the hop fields. As harvest begins, the vivid and bold aromas float through air and fill every nose with fragrance. Scents like rich pine and strong citrus and potent dank wrap their way around the valley, marking the turn of the season and the budding excitement of a new crop of hops.

    The Chilly & The Crispy – What’s A Cold IPA?
    The Chilly & The Crispy – What’s A Cold IPA?

    It’s common in the craftbrewing industry for new trends to emerge from the creative brainwaves of brewers. One of the latest emerging trends however, has left people scratching their heads. Meet the Cold IPA.

    Meet NZ Hops Ltd.
    Meet NZ Hops Ltd.

    New Zealand Hops Ltd. is a cooperative of Master Growers, built on family values, whose legend and cultivars have been crafted for over 150 years with creativity and passion.

    Aurum & Diamant: Brewhouse Trials with Two New German Hops
    Aurum & Diamant: Brewhouse Trials with Two New German Hops

    In the midst of the dreary winter months, there’s something new to get excited about. New hop varieties Aurum and Diamant from Germany are coming to the US, and we asked Marble Brewery of Albuquerque, New Mexico to give them a trial run.

    German Hop Update - June 2020
    German Hop Update - June 2020

    Across the fields and farms of Germany, hop bines begin their climb towards the sky as the summer rolls on. Here, we have a glimpse into the 2020 German hop crop, and updates from HVG regarding them. 

    CO2 Hop Extract
    CO2 Hop Extract

    CO2 Hop Extract is a pure resin produced through supercritical CO2 extraction, whereby the essential bittering and aromatic compounds of hops (alpha acids, beta acids, and oils) are separated from the leafy plant material. The extraction process removes solids, while the CO2 is recovered and reused. The final resin is then analyzed for brewing values and packaged in ready-to-use food grade cans.

    Meet HVG, Your German Hopportunity
    Meet HVG, Your German Hopportunity

    Fact; 80% of German hop production gets exported all over the world. That level of hop coordination, quality management, and commitment requires intense dedication and reliability  to German hops. This is easily found in one such cooperative in Germany.

    The Case for Public Varieties: Comet
    The Case for Public Varieties: Comet

    We thought it would be worthwhile to revisit some public hop varieties, their history, and perhaps suggest why they are surviving in the current culture. In this series, we will take a look at a few public cultivars and try to answer these questions.

    All Together: A Worldwide Collaboration
    All Together: A Worldwide Collaboration

    All Together is a worldwide, open-ended beer collaboration created to raise support for the industry we love so much. 

    Reevaluating Dry Hop Techniques
    Reevaluating Dry Hop Techniques

    It’s a new year, a new decade, and a great time to reevaluate some of your brewery SOPs. As craft brewers, many of us have adopted a brewing-inspired version of the ”day you stop learning...” mantra: “The day we stop improving, is the day we turn in our boots.” Inspired by that attitude, maybe it’s time to reconsider your dry hopping procedures, or at least take a hard, educated look at them.

    BSG Hops: Building Better Pellets in the Yakima Valley
    BSG Hops: Building Better Pellets in the Yakima Valley

    BSG Hops is an independent hop processor and merchant based out of Wapato in the Yakima Valley. Set in the heart of the US hop region, we source hops directly from our grower partners around the world. Freshly dried whole cones are received by our expert staff and immediately evaluated against our strict quality standards. Hop quality does not end in the field however, and this is where BSG’s hop processing expertise shows through. 

    Grower Profile: Colin & Alana Oldham, New Hoplands
    Grower Profile: Colin & Alana Oldham, New Hoplands

    Colin Oldham’s Granddad Jack founded what would become New Hoplands in 1953 when he bought a dairy farm that included one acre of hops.

    Grower Profile: Anton & Beate Schlagbauer, Plank
    Grower Profile: Anton & Beate Schlagbauer, Plank

    Founded in 1820 by Johann Schlagbauer (although, as is the case with many farms in Hallertau, hops were already being grown here) Anton and Beate are the 6thgeneration to farm Plank. 

     

    Hop Crop 2019- Final Report
    Hop Crop 2019- Final Report

    In the world of hop growers and merchants, it’s said that “All roads lead to Harvest,” harvest. Inevitably, harvest winds down for the year and you’re left standing in the empty fields among the barren trellises. This is the time when growers reflect on the year’s growing season and harvest while looking forward to the 2020 crop and it’s challenges and hopeful rewards.