Just turn on the sprinklers and your hops are set for water, right? Wrong! Bring your calculators for some heavy math. Too little water is bad, but so is too much and we get into lots of fun stuff like foliar feeding, turgor pressure and my personal favorite, root hair death. Plus we take a […]
Do you pay an extra $0.30/lb for organic bananas as you’re walking through the supermarket? Why? What does “organic” really mean from an FDA perspective and how does it impact your hop yard processes? To the end consumer, does this really matter and do they really know what they are getting? Plus, we have a […]
You’re having a great conversation with a brewer, they’re interested in your hops, and then they ask for your advice on their use. “I just grow them, you’re the brewer” isn’t an acceptable answer. We take you through brewing terminology and how to engage in this conversation. Provide value to your customer while putting your […]
Pop in your headphones, put on your gloves and get out to the farm to remove weeds while you listen to us tell you all about it. It’s not fun and not cheap, but it’s a critical and often overlooked part of your hop yard life cycle.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Sure, but if the packaging on the rose doesn’t entice you to walk out of the store with it you’ll never know that you just missed out on a great product. Hint: I’m not really talking about flowers. This week we’re joined by Cody Fague […]
If you’re a home-brewer daydreaming about opening your own brewery or a startup-in-progress, this one’s for you. We’re with the owners of Reverie Brewing Co in Newtown CT (https://reveriebrewing.com/) who opened just under two months ago. They talk about expectations vs reality, collaborating with local businesses and the mix of styles in the tap room. […]
Is that….could it be….OMGmyHopsAreComingOutOfTheGround!!! Okay, calm down, that’s called Emergence. With it comes Training, where you get your baby bines started on their climb up the trellis. Looking for some guidance on how to get this going, along with our usual comic horror stories of things that go wrong? Stop reading and listen!
Are you ready for some role playing? Gregg and James put on their “grower” and “brewer” cosplay outfits to act out scenes between the two.
Some questions can never really be answered to everyone’s satisfaction. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Where are all of those single socks that were lost in the wash hiding? Perhaps most important to this crowd, should you stock your hop yard with rhizomes or plants? We’ll get into the pros and cons […]
Hops bring flavor and aroma to our favorite beverage; this week we focus on Aroma. Are you interested in how foam and mouthfeel influence what you smell? Do you want to be able to identify the 5 classes of hop aroma? Do you think that “linalool” and “thiols” are just words that James made up […]