hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

Latest Episodes

#109: Drying Hops (Again)
March 29, 2021

Let’s talk about drying.  Again.  A rare case where we replace “do whatever you want” with “do it this way, or it’s wrong”.

#108: The Scientific Method Part 2
March 22, 2021

It’s Part 2 of the Scientific Method, but this time we’re taking the methodology to your business.  There’s nothing magical about this: framing the right question, gathering data and removing bias will point you in the right direction in the field and ...

#107: Year One
March 15, 2021

It’s your first year of hop production.  What makes this year different from other years?  Where should your expectations be set?

#106: The Scientific Method Part 1
March 08, 2021

You changed something in your hopyard between Year 3 and Year 4.  Yield went up.  Did your single change make a difference?  This week we dissect the Scientific Method and how to properly set up your experiments (insert maniacal laugh here).

#105: Go Back and Answer A Bunch of Questions That We Forgot To Answer
March 01, 2021

We were going to simply call it “mail bag” but this title is more appropriate.  A mixed bag of stuff that we’ve been asked over the last {covers mouth and mumbles} months.  Rapid-fire hop chemistry, burnback, mathematical theories,

#104: Cans!
February 22, 2021

Cans vs bottles, rainbows on labels, and packaging safety.  Also why you don’t take James to your favorite brewery.

#103: Julie at Sandy Ridge Farm talks hops plants!
February 15, 2021

Guest star Julie talks to us about greenhoused plants at Sandy Ridge Farm: viruses, transportation and more.  Then she schools us in a game of Beer ‘er No.  Hey, it’s on You Tube too!

#102: Aussie Viruses
February 08, 2021

G’day Mates!  This week we take a break from our North America-centric focus and get into it with our Australia growers.  Don’t be a yabbo, we’ll give you the John Dory on the market down under and hopefully not make a dog’s breakfast of the whole thing.

#101: Hop Aroma for Brewers
February 01, 2021

It’s episode #101!  Wait, what happened to #100?  You’ll need to check out our Patreon page for the anniversary episode.   For 101, if you can make it through our overly-long introduction we will get into aroma descriptors for your hops and how to best...

#99: NA Revisited
January 25, 2021

It’s been a while since we first discussed non-alcoholic beers, and we’ve done a *lot* of research since then.  By research of course I mean sampling.