Originally Posted by wonderbread23
It's an agricultural product. You can get one batch of citra from one field, and one from another and have differences. Not to mention the fact that there are a number of different farms producing the hop. There is a reason that a lot of brewers make trips to the hop brokers and hand select which lots of hops they are buying from.
Also you have to realize that as homebrewer's we are second class citizens to breweries. They get their pick of hops for their contract's and we get the crap that's left over.
This maybe a bit different if you order the hops from Midwest/NB as they may be buying big enough batches to get this treatment, but i doubt it when compared to the big breweries like Sam Adams, etc that use it.
Listening to Jamil talk about how stupid the Hop farming market is was rather enlightening. Its one of those things you hear and dont believe, then when you realize its true you cant help but laugh at how stupid some things in this world are that you cant do anything to change.