Chicago Hop Contracts Buy
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BELOW BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS. DEADLINE: JANUARY 1, 2013
We are running what we believe to be the first hop contracts buy in Chicago. This buy is for Chicago area participants only. We are not shipping anything anywhere. Contracts are for securing those hard to get varieties in the future at a predetermined price. Basically, people will request their hops, we then submit our cumulative request to our hop supplier. The supplier will then give us a contract quote which specifies variety, quantity and pricing for the contracted year that we are requesting. There are many more details but they will be made on the google group that we are using so we don't clog up HBT with 'fluff'. See the initial instructions below.
If you do not belong to any of the clubs listed below or your club isn't listed then you will be placed under the Chicago Home Brewers Group and I will manage your orders. PM the appropriate people below with your email address.
Hop Contract Steps
If you belong to a club that is participating then place your hop contract requests through the club representative. Below is a listing of the clubs that are participating. If you do not belong to a club then Bill Mason will be your contact for placing your contract request.
Chicago Home Brewers Group-bmason1623
Northern Illinois Homebrewers Collective-SathingtonWilloby
Evanston Home Brew Club-Randar
Each of the reps above will have a spreadsheet link where they will add your desired hop quantities and varieties. Hop increments are in 11 Lb cartons for pellets and full (200#), half (100#), quarter (50#) and mini (13#) bales for leaf. No contracts are allowed for less than 11 pounds. Just as in my group buys,work out he splits among yourselves then have one person order/pay the 11 pound increment. All hops can be quoted.
Each club member will tally up a total amount of hops. All of the tallies will be added together to solicit a contract quote. Once we get the quote then everybody submits payment to their representative. All of the money will added into an escrow account whose monthly statements will be scanned and published for the participants to review.
You can start pulling from your contracted inventory as soon as it becomes pelletized each year. There is not a specific date for which hop will be ready. Harvest is in August/Sept and pelletizing starts at that time and continues by variety for about three months. Leaf hops are available much earlier – around October. All hops must be taken delivery by no later than June of the following contract year.
Reason: added weights for the bales. added deadline.