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Old 09-13-2007, 04:40 AM   #1
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We have received our latest price list for hops and the news is not good. Hop prices have skyrocketed. Cascade, our most popular hop, has almost tripled in price. All other varieties have either doubled or tripled. We will be forced to raise our hop prices at the end of September. The recipe kit prices will also be affected, as will the beer that you buy in stores. The reason? A huge increase in demand for hops coupled with an equally huge drop in supplies of hops this year. The drop in supplies came about due to bad weather in some hop growing regions and an overall reduction of hop cultivation acreage throughout the world. Now is a good time to buy hops in bulk. Frozen hops will remain viable for at least one year. The alpha acid will fade gradually, beginning after six months. Finally, we have heard that grain prices will also go up soon. More on that when we receive the new price lists from our suppliers.


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Old 09-13-2007, 04:43 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up, I was just in today (and I noticed that you are remodeling). Looks like I have an excuse to come back before the end of the month.

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ya thanks for the HOT tip.
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One downside of the spread of craft brewing, much higher hop usage for the same volume of brew! A pound of high AA hops will make 20 gallons of Broken Halo or 1300 cans of BMC. [or about 6 gallons of Stiffy]

I've seen projections for the harvest. Some hop prices will quadruple.
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Cascade is already up to $9.50/lb at Puterbaugh (hopsdirect.com). Used to be like $6.50. I'm thinking I need to order bulk now, then foodsave and freeze as usual.
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Homebrew stores are going to have the best prices right now. Especially stores that don't keep track of prices. I am sure you can find some bargins out there.
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For US hops 2007 is looking like an average crop, but not a bumper crop.

Slovenia (grower of Styrians) lost at least 1/3 and possibly as much as 1/2 of their crop to a hailstorm.

The Czech crop is down 25% this year. Estimated alphas on Czech Saaz from the 2007 crop are 2.7 2.9.

The German crop is average at best with earlier aroma hops coming in below normal (such as Hallertau Mittelfruh).

New Zealand and Australia crops this year (which arrived in the US in June and July) were normal.

England is almost out of the hop business. Their acreage of 2,400 in 2006 (down from 17,000 in 1976) represents 2 percent of the worldwide acreage.

World acreage:
1986: 215,600
1992: 236,000
2006: 123,000

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Article from last month but still interesting:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081400093.html
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Thanks for the heads up. Guess I need to start planning my brews in advance more and maybe start growing my own hops.


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