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Posted in thread: Starting a hop farm? on 11-18-2016 at 08:07 PM
Go to Michigan State's website: will help you with a business plan. USA Hops is also refining
that tool for more of the US.Take some courses. They are all over the US.Watch the Lupulin
exchange to s...
Posted in thread: hobby farmer on 11-18-2016 at 08:04 PM
That seems like very, very risky advice. "Don't grow what the buyers want"?...Farming is risky.
Its the nature of the game.But note, I didn't say not to grow what they want...the advice was
to try eve...
Posted in thread: Hop Picking on 11-02-2016 at 01:49 PM
Even if the handpicker picks up some debris...It will pick up debris. The best strippers tend
to bring out a lot of debris, 40% of the mass or more, because it needs to get everything off
the bine and...
Posted in thread: Hop Picking on 11-01-2016 at 01:46 PM
There's no rule that says you have to put your harvester inside but it is much more comfortable
and your equipment will last longer. If you really want to do this in the field, I suggest you
Posted in thread: Hop Picking on 10-31-2016 at 01:37 PM
I doubt that would work, except with varieties that nearly jump off the bine (e.g. perle). You
would get the tines all snagged up in the sidearms.Search this forum for harvesting equipment
and then bu...
Posted in thread: Brown hops on 10-05-2016 at 03:40 PM
Wow, hops usually only get that way after years and years of sitting or if exposed to
temperatures of 160F or above. Maybe it was the sun? They probably don't have a lot of alpha
acids, so don't use t...
Posted in thread: hobby farmer on 09-21-2016 at 02:19 PM
Best advice I ever got from a brewer, "Don't grow what you think I want or even what I think I
want. Grow what your can grow best and I'll make a beer around it."Here's what you will run
into. - Estab...
Posted in thread: My Hops don't Smell like Hops Any more on 09-19-2016 at 01:42 PM
A lot of that big smell you get is the oils/aromas evaporating away. After time they settle
down and so does the smell. If they were packaged in air tight bags, that would slow the
process. Cold tempe...
Posted in thread: Micro picking machine for hobby growers on 08-27-2016 at 10:57 PM
You have the right idea on separation. Just set out a tarp, put a box fan on a table and pour
the mixture of hops and leaves in front of it. If that's not enough velocity to get separation,
try a leaf...
Posted in thread: Do we really need to dry to ~10% moisture on 08-09-2016 at 03:07 PM
8-10% is the magic range where the hops can hold themselves (mostly) together until the hit the
hammer mill but they aren't so sticky that they gum the whole works up. Even at just 12%, my