Hops

We have a small but complete hops processing facility that can process 125 bines a day. This includes a Hopster (R) hops harvester, a dryer, a Colorado Milling Equipment (R) milling machine, a Colorado Milling Equipment (R) pelletizer with a liquid nitrogen cooling attachment, a pharmaceutical pill counter that is used to measure the exact number of pellets to be placed in a gas-impermeable packet, a packet sealer with a nitrogen purge, and a freezer.

Our protocol is to harvest the bines early enough in the morning so that we can have their hops in our dryer before either 10:30 am or before the ambient temperature rises to 85 F, whichever comes first, and to have hops packaged and frozen within 36 hours after harvest.

Availability of specific hops varieties from our own 1000 bine hops yard will be announced in September once they have been harvested, analyzed, packaged, and frozen.

Inquiries from neighboring growers of modest volumes of individual specialty hops who might find our processing capability useful are most welcome.

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