Originally Posted by lkj7295
I know first year yields are minimal, but next step is to decide on keeping them whole hops, compressing them into leaf 'plugs', or pellets.
For your first year, just leave them whole hops or maybe compress some into plugs if that's what people ask for. Pellets takes very large equipment, so even if you contracted someone to pelletize for you, most of it would be lost charging the machine.
Actually, the first year you will probably destroy a good portion of your crop just learning how to determine moisture content.
In a few years if you do want to go with pellets, contact the people at Echoview Farms I previously mentioned. I believe they are setting up a pelletizing process.