OK, let me throw something out there. I've started my next brewing project by growing hops and barley on a small scale.
The barley is harvested and in the barn. The hops are being harvested and dried.
I live on a farm with the opportunity to try this and so I figured I might as well do a scratch brew that's really "from scratch". No, I don't have any experience with all grain brewing, but I'm using the tools/materials I have on hand and I can produce plenty of raw material to practice with. The information here is helping me along.
I've dried a batch of hops and stuffed the cones into canning jars to put in the freezer.
Maybe not as elegant as vacuum packed and sealed but where I live, canning jars are cheap, plentiful, airtight and easy to handle.
Just thought I'd pass that along.
No Farms - No Beer.