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Old 08-04-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default Hops... Shortage? Harvest time?

So I'm new to brewing, new enough that I haven't brewed through an entire hop crop harvest and understand the timeline of the harvest.

My LHBS has a pretty stout selection of hops, so I never noticed with the exception of online, people claiming stores being out of a variety of hops.

I was looking to order some stuff online and grab some hops, and most of the ones I'm familiar with, or want, are gone, and said to be waiting for the 2012 harvest.

So, my question.

From reading, it appears now, August is roughly the time the hops are harvested from the crops.

When will we see the new crops of hops out for us to buy again?

Is this the time of the year, when stuff starts to get low at the home brew stores?

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I buy all of my hops from Hops Direct, and they recently tweeted that new pellets will be available in October/November.

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So far my LHBS isnt out of my staples. But I did decide that next season I'm going to start an 8 Plant hop garden with the Hops I use most often.

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While my LHBS hasn't really run out of much of anything, I'm going to just stock up on the "essentials" and perhaps buy them by the pound and keep them in the freezer.

Centennial, Simco, Amarillo and Cascade, with maybe some Citra.

Nugget and Willamette are some I use for darker beers, so might keep those around too.

I'm needing some Simcoe to do a recipe this month for a beer I need for my brothers wedding, here's to hoping my local store still has it next week!

Do is Oct/Nov the general time frame when all the hops come out for the season?

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Centennial, Simco, Amarillo and Cascade, with maybe some Citra.
I use all of those except cascade in my newfound house IPA. Though I am growing my own Cascade and harvest time comes in Sept/Oct.
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Centennial, Simco, Amarillo and Cascade, with maybe some Citra.
With the exception of Cascade, those are the ones I'll be stocking up on from the new crop whenever it comes out.
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Good luck finding Simcoe, Amarillo, or Centennial this year. My sources tell me those are already all contracted out.

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Good luck finding Simcoe, Amarillo, or Centennial this year. My sources tell me those are already all contracted out.
I wonder what is up with Centennial? I can understand the proprietary hops ( Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, etc..) being in short supply, but Centennial has been out for years...maybe even a decade or more. Up until a year or two ago never really had a problem picking up Centennial for a good price. Is it just that EVERYONE is suddenly using them and demand is out pacing the supply? Just glad I have two Centennial plants....
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Good luck finding Simcoe, Amarillo, or Centennial this year. My sources tell me those are already all contracted out.
While in short supply, I highly doubt the entire home brew scene will be absent of those 3 for an entire year. I know alot at contracted out early to the bigger guys, but thats rather unrealistic, and just causes rumors and hysteria.
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While in short supply, I highly doubt the entire home brew scene will be absent of those 3 for an entire year. I know alot at contracted out early to the bigger guys, but thats rather unrealistic, and just causes rumors and hysteria.
There's no doubt that you will be able to find them at homebrew shops. The question is how much will they cost!! My LHBS still has Amarillo in stock....at 3.50 an ounce!! If you enjoy brewing IPA's it is much, much cheaper to buy your favorite hops in bulk. I scored a pound of Amarillo for 16.50 and just vaccuum seal them.
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