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Old 04-21-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Fresh, Locally Grown Hops

Ok, question for those of you who either brew your own beer at home or those of you who have a microbrewery...

If you have the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown hops from your area, would you choose to buy some (maybe not replace what you're getting but suppliment) to brew your beer with?

This isn't directed toward those of you who grow your own hops, but to those who purchase their hops products...would you consider buying hops from your local/regional area as long as they were of good quality?

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Old 04-21-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:50 PM   #3
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I recruit my gardener friends to grow them. For the hops I invite them to all my events. ( summer BBQ, new years, and 12 additional random events)
And to answer your question, yes

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I only buy local hops

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Old 04-21-2011, 04:56 PM   #5
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Of course. No better way to ensure your hops are fresh than to pick'em yourself. Places here in NY do that with apples, pumpkins, etc. I think it would work great with hops.

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:17 PM   #6
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No reason not to as long as they are quality and they can tell you the variety and the AA%.

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:31 PM   #8
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No reason not to as long as they are quality and they can tell you the variety and the AA%.
Well, I'm planning on being the one selling them. So people like to know the AA% also, as well as the variety (which I thought was obviously important).

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:49 PM   #9
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How can Joe Farmer know the AA%? Is it the same for every plant of a given variety in given growing conditions? Could he just have a sample of a couple plants lab-tested and then assume all the rest of that variety on his land is the same?

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Yeah, but it also varies from year to year depending on growing conditions. If you really wanted to know, you'd need to send out the current year's sample and get results back before selling that crop. Not sure what the turnaround time is on those lab results...

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