hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer


Latest Episodes

#55: Our Take on Covid-19
March 23, 2020

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.

#54: Elevator Speeches
March 16, 2020

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.

#53: Hop Grower’s Association & Labor Costs
March 09, 2020

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 Mounta...

#52: Harvester Designs
March 02, 2020

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.

#51: Trellis Wire & Cable Loads
February 24, 2020

Thanks to Chad for asking about seasonal tightening of trellis wire, we get deep into cable loads.  This leads into a broader discussion of what else you can be doing during the non-growing season (there is no “off-season”, just a non-growing season).

#50: Come Back to Lincoln
February 17, 2020

This week we check in with James for a blow-by-blow of his trip to the Nebraska Growers and Brewers Conference, which was in Kearney, not Lincoln.  You’ll get the details of the presentations he gave and the reactions; it’s almost like being there (wit...

#49: Happy Birthday to Us!
February 11, 2020

Today, Tuesday, 2/11, marks one year of podcasting madness from James and I.  We’ve learned so much and made a lot of new friends (you!), so to celebrate we are re-posting our first show, “Who is hopnology?”.

#48: Cover Cropping & Companion Plants
February 03, 2020

As a follow up to last week’s talk on pre-emergents, how about a look at cover cropping and companion plants as other ways to keep the weeds at bay?  Be sure to check out Instagram to see us meet the challenge of spider mite explosions and we apologize...

#47: Your Need to Weed
January 27, 2020

Weeding might be the most frustration, time consuming and expensive aspect of your hop yard.  The use of pre-emergents can drastically cut down (pun intended) on the hand work you’ll need to do in-season.  This week we’ll dive into the what/when/why/ho...

#46: Pellet Problems and 2020 Trends
January 20, 2020

Pellet quality issues can impact your Brewer’s process – and therefore your ability to get a second sale.  We’ll talk about pellet debris and then get into some trend predictions for the beer market in 2020 (spoiler: we don’t like many of them).