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Old 06-08-2010, 04:07 AM   #1
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I've never had dreams/ambitions of going pro. My goal as a home hop grower was to produce more hops than I can use, therefore my hops are essentially free and bountiful.

I was chatting with the owner of the local homebrew store and he asked me what my plans are for my extra hops. I said, "I'll store what I can, eventually I'll probably start not harvesting, or maybe just give them away."

Then he asked me if I know what the laws are concerning selling hops to him for his store. I said, "I have no idea!"

I personally think as a 1st year/2nd year grower that my yield isn't going to be so large that I'll have the luxury to even consider this, but I could see my 3rd year and forward a senario where I'll have hops to spare.

Any comments, thoughts, advice, whatever.

Again, this isn't something I planned or even plan on doing. I was approached, but having been asked the question now I'm curious what the logistics might be.

All comments are appreciated.

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Old 06-08-2010, 04:11 AM   #2
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This would fall under the 'comments, thoughts' but, I can't imagine where there would be any problem with it. You are growing a product that he wants to buy. That's it! You set a price and it's a done deal..

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I thought the hop growers would more likely be here and would be the ones that knew an answer, so I asked here. If it's an issue the moderators can move/delete the topic. Not trying to sound snotty, just explaining myself.

I didn't know if there was issues of I dunno, selling a consumeable product or something. Obviously selling to one store is a nano-ecomony issue, but maybe there is some agency that says, "you need this to be that or you can't do it". I dunno. Just curious.

Appreciate any comment.

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They are just ingredients. There is nothing that a brew shop sell as ingredients that are controlled. You could just as easily sell your hops at the farmers market if there was a "market" for them there. There might be local regulations that say you need a business license, or a resale license. If you kept it small, who would know?

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Good to know, since this offer was proposed to me, I have "big dreams" of growing enough hops to cover the cost of my grain. That would let me brew for practically free. Thanks for the comments!

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Maybe you could barter with your local shop. That way it would be even more under the wire.

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I think if you were to sell them for retail sale, you'd want to get a chemical analysis done on that crop to determine the AA% and whatnot. Dunno what that would cost, but I wouldn't just buy "hops from this guy's yard" at a store without knowing that kind of information.

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I think if you were to sell them for retail sale, you'd want to get a chemical analysis done on that crop to determine the AA% and whatnot. Dunno what that would cost, but I wouldn't just buy "hops from this guy's yard" at a store without knowing that kind of information.
If the price was right, I'd probably do it.

How much extra are you talking about? A couple of pounds may not be worth the work it takes to package them up. In that case you might be best off placing an ad for people who are interested in fresh hops locally grown. By the time you factor in the time to harvest, dry and package, and then add the retailer's cut, you might not be that competitive.
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Everything is technically under IRS as far as I know. I've heard they've busted little girls selling lemonade!

I suppose if you were able to vacuum pack them they would be worth more. I also like the barter idea. Hops for barley?

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Bartering is also under the scrutiny of the IRS, but what they don't know wont hurt anyone.

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