News Mid-Year Acreage Report Reveals Significant News About 2018 Hop Crop

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  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (221) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Some interesting tidbits:
  2. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (270) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Does anyone else feel like the massive ramp-up of Citra production has diminished the overall quality of that hop?
  3. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (338) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

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  4. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,103) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    With anything produced on a larger scale there will be differences in harvests. Probably the same deal with Citra is also happening to Mosiac. I have read about brewers having to hand select crops because otherwise they will get sub par hops.
  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,381) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Yearly variations have been noted by brewers I know. When hops are harvested vs. peak maturity ha# been noted. Too many acres of one hop on a farm and the picking equipment and kilns are a bottleneck, so some bones are up too long which means they will be subpar. Is that what you were thinking?
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  6. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,381) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Brewers have been selecting hops for a long, long time. They know what they want when they go into a room with the samples on the table. They pick the lot number they want.
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  7. wasatchback

    wasatchback Aspirant (266) Jan 12, 2014 Utah

    There has been a lot of talk about how Citra and Mosaic have gone down in quality significantly since the ramp up in acreage. It’s not just one farm producing these hops anymore, it’s a few different farms in at least two of not three states. They have been licensed to other growers.
  8. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,381) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I just looked, those are both grown in WA, ID, OR.

    Some talk about how some hops change with location, that is real. Processing techniques at a farm, time of harvest, and even which field on the same farm have an influence.
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  9. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (539) Mar 28, 2009 California

    That’s an interesting and good point. From my understanding is various hops varieties “ripen” at different times so farms try to balance out varieties based on when they are ready. Too much of the same hop could cause some issues.