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Old 10-31-2007, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default The hop shortage

I'm hearing here and there that the 2006 hop crop is out in a lot of varieties and that there is doubt if the 2007 crop will sustain demand for the year.

Is this something to be concerned about? Is it just a great marketing strategy? Will it only affect some varieties? Are the people that grow hops at home finally able to say "I told you so and I'm not gonna share!"



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Old 10-31-2007, 11:46 PM   #2
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when the talk of a shortage first appeared, i took the plunge and bought 3 lbs of assorted pellet hops to be safe for the next year or so.



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Old 10-31-2007, 11:51 PM   #4
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What you should really be concerned about is that you're hearing about it NOW and we're been posting about it for OVER 30 DAYS!!!

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Old 11-01-2007, 12:43 AM   #5
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I've been reading about it all over the place but I'm not the reactionary type so I wasn't sure if I should take it seriously or not. I guess I should. For some reason I never read about it on HBT. Thanks for the links EdWort.

Will HBT have a good search soon? Even googling "homebrewtalk hop shortage" and variations gives me nothing.

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I've been reading about it all over the place but I'm not the reactionary type so I wasn't sure if I should take it seriously or not. I guess I should. For some reason I never read about it on HBT. Thanks for the links EdWort.

Will HBT have a good search soon? Even googling "homebrewtalk hop shortage" and variations gives me nothing.
use the advance search and type hops shortage, or just 'hops' for the title search (not thread search)and you should find all kinds of threads about it...or google will give you lots of news articles about it...
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:19 AM   #7
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I'm a complete spastic. I never noticed the other search drop down. I guess when I saw the search in the banner didn't work I assumed that the search on this site wasn't working .

Google works fine in general but I was interested to see what the opinions here were. Now I can see them. Thanks everyone for being so diplomatic in pointing out my stupidity

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Look at it this way: if the shortage really gets bad, then you'll just end up brewing the same way Anheiser Busch does-- no hops at all. You'll be brewing just like the big boys!

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Worst case scenario: I'm going to have to learn how to be really, really creative with my grains and adjuncts.

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Old 11-01-2007, 03:50 AM   #10
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What are they saying for the varieties that will be hit the hardest? I've heart hallertau's are out, as are centennials, and cascades are gonna cost some $$$'s. Any others?



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