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Hops Shortage by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
October 24, 2007, 12:07 am
Filed under: Current Events

The 2007 hops crop is average. Combine that with a fire in Yakima last October that cut into the 2006 crop and an average, to below average, crop coming from Europe and you get a HOPS CRISIS!! Well, a shortage anyway and a spike in the cost of hops (of what can be found at least). The big hitter hops are nearly unavailable and when they can be found, they’re going for double the price per pound of last year.  All that said, I secured some hops a little earlier than expected to be safe….check me out with my first 44 lb bag of Glacier hops!!! This hops has a lot going for it – great bittering potential with excellent aroma characteristics. My favorite aspect is the relatively low cohumulone content leading to a smoother bittering profile than most other hops…These will make many fine IPA’s and Pale Ales in 2008…




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