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Old 07-21-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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I dont mean to cause a panic or spread false info but I was in my LHBS this past weekend talking about a future brew using Citra hops. The owner said he just found out from his supplier that a large private brewery or company bought the entire next years crop and future crops for x amount of years and he was unsure if he was ever able to get more in.

Is anyone able to confirm this or have they heard the same?

I tried contacting hopsdirect with an inquiry but have not heard back yet.

 
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:14 AM   #2
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ohh man i hope this isn't true
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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yea me neither! This guy definitely is not one to make anything up to sell more either. In fact he had 10 oz left and said he would sell me 2, keeping the rest for himself. He seemed pretty worried, which worried me. Just trying to get confirmation but hoping he is wrong.

 
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #4
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That doesn't make sense. I call BS.

 
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Idk,I saw on the news that these wild fires destroyed many acres of hops,besides the usual things. And lower harvests predicted as well. And I wanted to buy a few ounces of Citra,among others. The big brewers shouldn't be able to pull stunts like that. Maybe BS,maybe...?
Not to mention,250,000 HB'rs in the 90's having gone up to 2.5 million now. Those guys working on hydroponic hops better get something going soon. They claim to be able to grow them bigger & faster. Land of the giant hops!
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:28 AM   #6
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Found this online:

"Sorry to say that the Citra Hop is a patented variety and is unavailable to anyone other than those who are licensed to grow it. It’s frustrating I know, but like Amarillo, Simcoe, and Summit: Citra is only available as a grown, processed, product."

Its possible.

 
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:34 AM   #7
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if there's demand, they'd just grow more. What about the other big breweries that are using it now? They're just SOL because another big brewer wants to increase their order? At most, I'd guess it might be short for a year, then it would catch up.

 
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weeel then...maybe some of us should get together & become licensed to grow some of these patented varieties for the members. Check out hydroponics,they do it the same way highbred Mary Jane growers do. Hmmm,Cali orange hops? Sour diesel hops? We grow blueberry yum yum,& it's de finest...lolz It's ludacris,man. Hmmm,...ludahop farms?
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:35 AM   #9
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Dang my Citra Wheat is a signature brew. I need to get what my sources have if there is any truth to it.

 
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:39 AM   #10
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My LHBS has been out of Citra the last few times I've been in. Not sure if that has anything to do with this, but I thought I'd throw it out there. And I was planning to do my 100% Citra Abbey Pale Ale again.

 
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