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.
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 […]
Ron Grunwell has been helping growers set up their yards for hops, apples and other crops for over 15 years. He joins us to share his expertise in all things trellis, and we guarantee he’s forgotten more about lumber and cable than you’ll ever know. Like what you hear and need Ron’s help? You can […]
James and Gregg revisit the Hop Quality discussion. Learn the origin of the “Spent Grain” concept, suffer through Gregg’s first song parody and learn why feedback should be treated as a gift.
What is “hop quality”? As a grower, how do you achieve it? Almost as important, how do you demonstrate it to your customers? Then for the brewers, asking the right questions to make sure you’re getting a quality product. We talk about sniff tests, harvest timing, moisture meters vs microwaves and why your hops should […]
We’re back with another Spent Grain and the guys are having caffeine issues. Learn what boats, horses and hops have in common, hear about Scrappy James vs Plucky James, and Gregg continues the Spent Grain poetry slam.
We’re pulling no punches and here it is: the pitfalls of dangers of jumping into personal hop production. Gregg and James “Captain Bringdown” take you through all of the things you don’t think about while blinded by the light of growing your way into the craft beer industry. It’s farming, business planning and mechanical engineering […]
We’re back with another Spent Grain, this time reviewing our Collaboration discussion. Listen for the start with a new tradition as we share hop-themed original poetry. There’s also a continuation of the Local conversation, Gregg’s Taylor Swift clothing conundrum and looking at guest taps.