hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer


Latest Episodes

#25: State of the Craft Beer Market
August 12, 2019

This week we put down the farm implements and open up last month’s New Brewer publication from the Brewer’s Association.  We pick apart the numbers around the growth and decline of various segments of the industry, changing consumer tastes,

#24: Hop Harvest!
August 05, 2019

Tales from the hop yard as we walk through the when, how and why of harvesting.  We talk about hand harvesting (here’s a hint: don’t), how to engage local artists in your waste material and why you should make friends with retired machinists.

#23: Be True To Your Brew
July 29, 2019

We tried to stay impartial, we really did, but it’s just not possible anymore.  James and Gregg take on the market influx of hazy-milkshake-slushy-juicy and make a case for what “beer” really is vs what it’s marketed to be.

#22: Pre-Harvest Hop Yard Logistics
July 22, 2019

It’s almost harvest time for your hop yard.  Are you ready?  As you shepherd your crop through the final weeks, getting your harvest process dialed in is a step that you can’t ignore.  Whether it’s labor scheduling, equipment testing,

#21: Flash Cards in the Hop Yard
July 15, 2019

We’re going back to school!  Gregg presents James with a series of problems in the hop yard during a virtual walk-through of nutrient deficiencies, pest infestations and general issues in an imaginary hop yard that hopefully doesn’t look like yours.

#20: Dryer Mechanics with Dan
July 08, 2019

So….he’s back.  If you enjoyed our first conversation with Dan Dettmers about hop drying you’ll love this one.  If you didn’t, well…I’m not sure what to say.  Dan takes his shoes off and we get more specific about dryer designs including a discussions ...

#19: Pre-Harvest Marketing & Sales
July 01, 2019

The bines are climbing, sidearms reaching, cones starting to burr.  It looks like a hop yard!  But what’s that lingering tickle at the back of your brain?  Perhaps it’s the question of whether your hops have a home after harvest.

#18: Drying Your Hop Harvest
June 24, 2019

Join us with special guest Dan Dettmers as we discuss the importance of drying your hop crop.  Improper drying can lead to quality loss, mold, processing nightmares and so many other issues which will prevent your hard work from getting into your favor...

#17: Weather Whacking
June 17, 2019

Ah, dear Mother Nature.  There is so much that can go wrong and it’s completely out of our control, whether it’s late season frost, freak hailstorms, desert-like conditions and other madness.  While you can’t predict these events and certainly can’t pr...

#16: Thirsty Hops & Water Requirements
June 10, 2019

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,