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Forum: Hops Growing Today, 04:14 AM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
OK, you have the right idea but not all the...

OK, you have the right idea but not all the facts.

When you are drying hops, or anything for that matter, the two major driving forces is the relative humidity of the air and the amount of air...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 04:51 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Of course the disclaimer...what's legal in our...

Of course the disclaimer...what's legal in our state may not be the same as in yours...but let me check with our field manager as to what he's found most effective.

I'm not sure about turning the...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 04:49 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Not really. While we be selling some down the...

Not really. While we be selling some down the road, the focus will be the same as the rhizome sales we've done in the past. Higher volumes for small commercial growers. We just don't have the...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 04:38 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Have we found some...you bet. Have we found any...

Have we found some...you bet. Have we found any that don't taste/smell like feet or something nastier? No. Assuming they all originated from the 1860's hop boom here, there has been enough time...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 02:52 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Well, I'm in...I guess. For those that don't...

Well, I'm in...I guess. For those that don't know me, I'm part of the Gorst Valley Hops group out of WI. We've nearly given up on buying rhizomes outside of our farms due to a huge increase of...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 02:35 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
They are typically a hardy plant though I have no...

They are typically a hardy plant though I have no experience with Teamaker. Get a hold of the guys at GLH's. They are decent guys who can tell you what others have experienced and maybe find a...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 02:30 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Milky spore powder does work but you have to...

Milky spore powder does work but you have to treat the WHOLE area. Those things can travel a good distance.

There are other chemicals that can be used to get rid of the grubs. That breaks the...
Forum: Hops Growing Yesterday, 02:24 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
At this point feeding does little good. Rather,...

At this point feeding does little good. Rather, it could harm your harvest. After the solstice, the plant switches from "grow" mode to "cone" mode. It will rob from lower leaves to feed the cones...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-05-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Depending on how far out you consider the...

Depending on how far out you consider the Syracuse "area", there are at least 2 functional pelletizers operating. PM me and I'll send you the details.

Just a warning, unless you are willing to...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-01-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 67
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Posted By GVH_Dan
I don't quite have the time but the formula is MC...

I don't quite have the time but the formula is MC = (Ww - Wd)/Ww x 100%

Ww = wet weight
Wd = dry weight...weight of the hops if all water is removed.

If you pick them at 80% MC, the dry...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-30-2014, 01:28 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
You could always contact NeHA (northeast Hops...

You could always contact NeHA (northeast Hops alliance) for a list of their member growers in your area, too.
Forum: Hops Growing 06-28-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Wow, I'm not going to bore you with the story of...

Wow, I'm not going to bore you with the story of a buddy of mine who tipped his tractor over into a puddle and drown when the tractor pinned him...but dang man, that's been happening a lot, lately. ...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-24-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 67
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Posted By GVH_Dan
If you don't go much more than a couple inches...

If you don't go much more than a couple inches deep, the box fan should be able to pull the air through.

It will be better to "suck" the air through the bed. It gives better uniformity. Mount...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-24-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 67
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Posted By GVH_Dan
I would go with garage or in a shaded area...

I would go with garage or in a shaded area outside. No sunlight. If you did it in the basement, the moisture from the hops would quickly overwhelm just a little A/C. Plus there's a good chance the...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-23-2014, 08:20 PM
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Depends on how you harvest. If you have a lot of...

Depends on how you harvest. If you have a lot of bines, you'll probably cut them down, drag them over to a table in the shade and pick away. If its comfortable enough, pick the ripe ones and wait...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-23-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 67
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Posted By GVH_Dan
I haven't seen the Stan H article, but I suspect...

I haven't seen the Stan H article, but I suspect it is checking the moisture content method. We have our growers do that. They pick about a 1/3 gallon of hops (100 grams), dry them down and measure...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-08-2014, 02:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,694
Posted By GVH_Dan
Thumbs up! Easier then carrying buckets. ...

Thumbs up! Easier then carrying buckets.



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Forum: Hops Growing 06-06-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 249
Posted By GVH_Dan
1. Yes but not due to soil. Its due to climate...

1. Yes but not due to soil. Its due to climate and growing conditions like roastquake said. The amount of water, temperature, humidity, stress from insects...these all cause the plants to produce...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-05-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 105
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Also, 9 times out of 10 bailing twine will fail...

Also, 9 times out of 10 bailing twine will fail about mid season when trying to hold up a mature plant.
Forum: Hops Growing 06-05-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By GVH_Dan
Right. If I was stupid enough to do this...

Right. If I was stupid enough to do this once...why wouldn't I be stupid enough to do it again?
Forum: Hops Growing 06-05-2014, 03:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By GVH_Dan
Your climate is fine. You should have no...

Your climate is fine. You should have no problems growing hops in the climate. They grow just fine for us just over the border into WI and we have growers in Northern IL that are doing fine.

You...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-04-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By GVH_Dan
If you are going to expand beyond 2 acres...go...

If you are going to expand beyond 2 acres...go with a used Wolf.
Forum: Hops Growing 05-30-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By GVH_Dan
Grand idea but implementation could/would be a...

Grand idea but implementation could/would be a bi***.

There are all ready a couple of threads of people trying to do breeding. There are also a number of threads about people who have found a...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-29-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By GVH_Dan
Yes, meeting all the regulations/licensing...

Yes, meeting all the regulations/licensing requirements is strenuous but it is in your best interest and the best interest of your customers.

Let's say you have 2 processing shops. One licensed...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-29-2014, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By GVH_Dan
Yeah, don't forget you will be a food processing...

Yeah, don't forget you will be a food processing facility. I don't know all the regulations in NY but here in WI we need an official USDA inspection every year before we start up along with several...
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