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So ive recently been looking at possibly growing some hops to sell. I have about 3 acres i could set aside for it and i know a little bit about growing it but i was just wondering if anyone has any advice or ideas or insight on it being profitable. Thanks for any help and advice.
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All I can add is that I have grown them and they grow like freaking weeds as long as they get plenty of water! I got root tubers from a place in Washington state. Can't remember the name.
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All I can add is that I have grown them and they grow like freaking weeds as long as they get plenty of water! I got root tubers from a place in Washington state. Can't remember the name.
So did you sell them or did you use them? I know there's alot of different kinds and like i said id just like to get some opinions on it being profitable
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Start here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OcBuaVyTfiU

A buddy of mine runs a small brewery and he has problems getting hops at times this may be a good investment.
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Ya from what i understand theres a high demand for hops the difficult part for me is figuring out which varieties the brewers want.
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Just look up beer recipes... IPAs are very popular these days.

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Brewing an IPA

Hops dominate the flavor of an IPA, so careful selection of the hop additions is critical to success. Traditional English IPAs use popular English hops such as Fuggles, Goldings, Northdown, Target, though sometimes noble hops are also used in finishing. Higher alpha English hops are also popular for bittering. American IPAs use the rough American equivalents such as Cascade, Centennial, Williamette, though again higher alpha hops are often used in bittering."
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Cascades are very popular, I think that's what that guy said he's growing in that video.
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Ya from what i understand theres a high demand for hops the difficult part for me is figuring out which varieties the brewers want.
Next time I see him I'll ask, I remember last spring he was stuck for a couple of months because he couldn't get any
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I'm a lager guy, but diabetic and I don't drink now. I highly preferred the noble hops grown in the EU.

I really don't like ales, but others do and American grown hops are in pretty high demand the last time I checked in. With ales it seems like anything is good. Hops that taste like peanut butter and mustard? Cool!

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Ya from what i understand theres a high demand for hops the difficult part for me is figuring out which varieties the brewers want.
Call some of the homebrew shops that sell homebrewing supplies and ask them what's hot as far as domestic hop sales go. Most shops that I've dealt with are more than happy to spend a few minutes on the phone with you. You can also ask if they would be interested in buying hops from you on down the road when yours mature.
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That sounds familiar, I'm pretty sure I got my hop roots from there. I was very satisfied.

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So did you sell them or did you use them? I know there's alot of different kinds and like i said id just like to get some opinions on it being profitable
I put two twelve foot posts in the ground, ran a wire across the top, and ran strings down at an angle every few feet on the wire. The hops grew up the strings. I had about 6-8 plants.

I planted each root in a mix of 50-50 soil and composted cow manure, used plenty of straw mulch and gave them plenty of water. They grew like crazy.

I grew them to use, and got one harvest, dried them and put them in the freezer. Some time after that we lost our house and I haven't grown any since, although I want to.

One pound of dried hops is a LOT of hops.

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...Cascades are very popular, I think that's what that guy said he's growing in that video.
Cascades was one of the varieties I grew.
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I put two twelve foot posts in the ground, ran a wire across the top, and ran strings down at an angle every few feet on the wire. The hops grew up the strings. I had about 6-8 plants.

One pound of dried hops is a LOT of hops.

Cascades was one of the varieties I grew.
I have hops growing in a couple of locations, they are weeds, one mature plant can easily produce several pounds, they are Cascade, I let them climb on a chain link fence.

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I would go looking for potential buyers before planting and go with the variety in the most demand. I grew "centennial" which grew best in my conditions, my "Cascades" died. As someone else noted, there might be some interest in some of the Noble hops, such as Sazzs, as in your area lagers and pilsners might have some artisinal demand.
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I would go looking for potential buyers before planting and go with the variety in the most demand. I grew "centennial" which grew best in my conditions, my "Cascades" died. As someone else noted, there might be some interest in some of the Noble hops, such as Sazzs, as in your area lagers and pilsners might have some artisinal demand.
ya ill definitely have to look around and see what kind are in demand, i was just kinda throwing around the idea and ill have awhile before spring to get the field ready and figure out the details.
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Hops are a viable alternative for small farmers. It costs a lot to get into production, just like grapes. You need in the neighborhood of $8,000 per acre to establish vines, build the overhead structure and provide irrigation.
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ya ill definitely have to look around and see what kind are in demand, i was just kinda throwing around the idea and ill have awhile before spring to get the field ready and figure out the details.
Yeah hops are like women, some are more bitter than others, I brew beer, I think you can make beer out or any kind of hops.

I use Cascade, because it grows here.

I think that's a good reason.

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I grow them, just becouse their a oddity

If i were to harvest them for sale, my understanding is their is only a very short window of time to do so, before they dry out and are no good (for sale) . I believe most buyers want them vacume packaged and/or in pellets
Their also rather hard to harvest due to the tall vines

I got my rizomes from this place, They have a excelent rep. and fair prices

http://www.northwesthops.com/
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So how did you dry them?
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So how did you dry them?
I have always put mine in paper grocery bags and let them dry, but then, picked at just the right time, they don't have to dry very much.
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So how did you dry them?
I used a Nesco round electric food dehydrator. I only had a few plants though. I then used a vacuum sealer kitchen gadget, sealed them up, then threw them into the freezer.

For a big crop you might need to consider sun drying on screens, or something.
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