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Old 07-16-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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Has anyone else heard that there is an Amarillo shortage this year? I went to Weekend Brewer and was told their supplier (someone in NC) had a bad crop and Amarillo was really hard to get. They gave me Centennial as a comprable replacement. Is that right?


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Hops aren't grown commercially in NC to my knowledge, though there may be a distributor here. I hadn't heard of a shortage, but it seems plausible especially as we get closer to fall when the new crops should start arriving.

According to this chart Cascade & Centennial would both be good substitutes:
http://www.byo.com/referenceguide/hops/


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when i wanted to brew a hop rod rye clone i had to get them from
beer beer and more beer in california - couldn't find any at the canadian suppliers
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Several trends: Dry weather last year made the Amarillo harvest a bit on the short side and this summer is also very dry. More growers have installed drip irrigation systems, which requires reconfiguring the plant spacing & cutting the harvest for a year or two. The style fads in craft brewing are driving some growers into the flabby, but stable arms of BMC.

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Thanks for the link to that chart. When I was in Weekend Brewer, we were looking up hop charts in books like Cloned Brews and Amarillo wasn't listed. Bob (or is it Bill?) was out giving a presentation so it took a while to find an answer.
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Amarillo is new and trademarked (as is columbus), so it might not be in some newer charts and won't be in anything over 5 years old.
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Originally Posted by Baron von BeeGee
...Hops aren't grown commercially in NC to my knowledge, though there may be a distributor here...
I was going to mention that.

Several hundred years ago they tried growing hops in NC, but found it to be too humid for the plant.
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Just keep your eye out for them! They are very popular right now, and for good reason! Once the Fall harvest is in, you might score some.

I bought some from Freshops quite some time ago and used them in some brews. Loved 'em! When I ran out, I went back to them to order more, and they were out. I checked their website every couple of weeks and, after about a month, whadya know - there they were! I bought 10oz. on the spot!


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