We’re heavy on the science this week, focusing on mildew. Protectants, curatives and Ridomil enemas, oh my!
When you think of German hops you likely think of Noble varieties and classic beer styles. Yet over the years the demands of the market have forced German hop farmers to move with the times, and the more modern varieties coming out of the region have tended toward high alpha and dual purpose hops. Speaking […]
This time it’s all about the non-alcoholic beer market and brewing process. Despite what you might expect from Captain Bringdown, we’re both actually pretty excited about where this part of the industry is heading. Let the day drinking commence!
We’ve talked a lot about farming tools, but what about financial tools? There are so many efficiencies to be gained from having the right equipment and the most common rationale is “I can’t afford it so I’ll do it by hand”. This week we’ll review why there are some things you can’t afford *not* to […]
If there’s one thing we all know about growing hops it’s that they’ll do what they want, when they want, regardless of what we’re up to. It’s getting warm out and that means that they are coming out of dormancy. They don’t care about sheltering in place, your dwindling supply of toilet paper or the […]
Mark returns to talk with us about measuring labor requirements, a topic that we’ve been focusing on a lot lately. We also get into balancing a day job with a hop farm and identifying the secondary hop markets that Mountain View Hops excels in.
Thought this was the one place you could escape the daily news cycle? Sorry. We look directly at what this could mean for growing and brewing in the near term. There will be impacts to supply, labor, pricing and relationships. Above all we just need to Be Smart and take care of each other.
It’s a question that comes up constantly: “How do I get Brewers to talk to me”? We go through some examples of how to get the conversation rolling, and even more fun, examples of things you can say to get shut down immediately.
We start by digging into the HGA’s data about 2019, which takes us into a conversation around your farm’s cost structure and specifically labor costs. Along the way we get into changes at Lagunitas, James being bitter and we interview Mark from Mountain View Hops again (without him actually being there).
We break down the mechanics of small and large scale harvesters, because if you know *why* it’s done this way it will help you to design the *how* to meet your needs.