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Old 11-02-2007, 03:45 AM   #21
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Hahahaha, just checked back at the place I got my hops from a month ago; prices are up from ~$10/lb to $50! Feel'n good about that one . I had been hearing all the doom, hence why I stocked up, but I didn't know it had gotten so bad...

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Old 11-02-2007, 06:07 PM   #22
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This may have been asked before but should I freeze or refrigerate hop pellets?

Also, which hops are gonna be the hardest to find/best to stock up on? I just got back from the HBS and I got a bunch of cascade/saaz/fuggles/chinook. I had no clue if those are the rare ones but they are ones that I have used and like.

The owner of the store told me that Kent Goldings and the Hallersomethings were the first they sold out on.

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Old 11-03-2007, 06:31 AM   #23
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I was at my HB store Thursday and the owner said he was down to 6 varieties of hops, while he normally has at least 30. He also is pulling his hops off his online store so he can sell to his local customers and he noticed a few other websites are doing the same. Also was mentioned that the distributers are rationing their sales. No fun from the sounds of it.

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Old 11-03-2007, 02:24 PM   #24
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Afraid of shortages I went by AusitnHomebrew and was lucky enough to buy 1 1/2 lb of Hallertau. I couldn't get it by the 1/2# or # so I just bought a bunch of the oz. baggies but at least they had it. I'm stocked pretty well with all the C's but they have been in the freezer for about 6 months. If things get really bad maybe we could swap a few ounces with one another for varietals that we don't have. I guess I need to ask Edwort a few more questions about his hops in Central Texas. After I re-read my post it doesn't sound too good with all the pounds of this, ounces, baggies, etc. If Uncle Sam is listening; I'm talking about HOPS, I know that they're related to cannabis but I'm only talking about HOPS.

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Old 11-03-2007, 03:06 PM   #25
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This may have been asked before but should I freeze or refrigerate hop pellets?

Also, which hops are gonna be the hardest to find/best to stock up on? I just got back from the HBS and I got a bunch of cascade/saaz/fuggles/chinook. I had no clue if those are the rare ones but they are ones that I have used and like.

The owner of the store told me that Kent Goldings and the Hallersomethings were the first they sold out on.
Freeze em.
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:40 PM   #26
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the current inventory:

Quantity Type Leaf/Pellet/Plug %AA
4.0oz Amarillo Pellet 8.9
8.0oz Cascade Pellet 5.8
2.0oz Cascade Leaf 6
4.0oz Centennial Pellet 9.5
8.0oz Challenger Pellet 7
2.0oz Columbus Pellet 13.7
7.0oz East Kent Goldings Pellet 4.6
8.0oz Fuggle Pellet 4.5
3.0oz Hallertauer Leaf 3.9
16.0oz Hersbrucker Pellet 4.3
4.0oz Magnum Pellet 11.5
1.0oz Mt Hood Pellet 4.2
4.5oz Northern Brewer Pellet 7.8
2.0oz Nugget Leaf 12.5
4.0oz Perle Pellet 7.8
4.0oz Simcoe Pellet 11.9
4.0oz Styrian Goldings Pellet 3.5
3.0oz Summit Pellet 18.1
0.5oz Willamette Pellet 4.5

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Old 11-04-2007, 03:40 PM   #27
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the current inventory:

Quantity Type Leaf/Pellet/Plug %AA
4.0oz Amarillo Pellet 8.9
8.0oz Cascade Pellet 5.8
2.0oz Cascade Leaf 6
4.0oz Centennial Pellet 9.5
8.0oz Challenger Pellet 7
2.0oz Columbus Pellet 13.7
7.0oz East Kent Goldings Pellet 4.6
8.0oz Fuggle Pellet 4.5
3.0oz Hallertauer Leaf 3.9
16.0oz Hersbrucker Pellet 4.3
4.0oz Magnum Pellet 11.5
1.0oz Mt Hood Pellet 4.2
4.5oz Northern Brewer Pellet 7.8
2.0oz Nugget Leaf 12.5
4.0oz Perle Pellet 7.8
4.0oz Simcoe Pellet 11.9
4.0oz Styrian Goldings Pellet 3.5
3.0oz Summit Pellet 18.1
0.5oz Willamette Pellet 4.5
So....where exactly in SLC do you live?? Have an alarm on your house?? j/k
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:48 AM   #28
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So....where exactly in SLC do you live?? Have an alarm on your house?? j/k
Well, if it's Utah, it's probably unlocked! I'll drive get away, but I want some of those Fuggles
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:08 PM   #29
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Default Hop Shortage

According to the Department of Agriculture the hop yield for 2006 was down for the first time in ten years, yielding approximately 26% less than the year before. This might seem like a bad sign but I would not worry too soon. The variety that has been the hardest to get for my brewpub has been Hallertau, primarily Yakima.
With the incredible advance of farming technology it seems to me that the future long term is bright. New hybrids with high alpha and cohumulone yields that are drought/wilt resistant have come to the market recently, also according to what I have read the hop farmers are slowly improving their yield per acre.
The only issue that I surmise is that brewers will have to learn to be flexible with newer product coming to market. The next few years will be a great time for experimentation for both commercial and homebrewers. It would make sense that with higher alpha acids in hops that brewers will have less particles in their kettles after whirlpooling and thus increase their yields. We might even see some American varieties implemented extensively in the foreign market, which could help some of our smaller farmers although with the large commercial growers there is always a political element that could throw a stick in the wheel. I have no information to date regarding tariffs that could affect this scenario.
In the long run the issue will not be hops but barley. The current legislation that is driving the market is pushing farmers to grow corn for ethanol. It is hard to criticize a farmer for growing a crop that makes more money, even if that money is a subsidy that is coming directly out of our pockets. I anticipate that grain prices will skyrocket over the next two decades unless the political situation changes or there is another incredible advance in technology. To me the solution will lie in the free market. As long as there is a demand for beer and that demand is high enough nothing will stop the machine. Unfortunately I don't see demand increasing overall considering the rapidly aging population and challenging dietary demands. We will probably see a long term increase in the cost of beer.

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Old 11-05-2007, 07:09 PM   #30
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Default Hops Shortage

I have recently read that chamomile was the primary bittering agent in brews before hops
were used.
Due to the hops shortage that we may be seeing, is this a possible temporary replacement?
Have any of you experimented with (or heard anything about) brewing with chamomile?

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