hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer


Latest Episodes

#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,

#15: Organic Hop Growing
June 03, 2019

Do you pay an extra $0.30/lb for organic bananas as you’re walking through the supermarket?  Why?  What does “organic” really mean from an FDA perspective and how does it impact your hop yard processes?  To the end consumer,

#14: Brewer Lingo Bingo!
May 28, 2019

You’re having a great conversation with a brewer, they’re interested in your hops, and then they ask for your advice on their use.  “I just grow them, you’re the brewer” isn’t an acceptable answer.  We take you through brewing terminology and how to en...

#13: You Missed One On The Left – Weeds and Disease
May 13, 2019

Pop in your headphones, put on your gloves and get out to the farm to remove weeds while you listen to us tell you all about it.  It’s not fun and not cheap, but it’s a critical and often overlooked part of your hop yard life cycle.

#12: Codo Design
May 06, 2019

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.  Sure, but if the packaging on the rose doesn’t entice you to walk out of the store with it you’ll never know that you just missed out on a great product.  Hint: I’m not really talking about flowers.

#11: It’s Quicker to Have a Kid Than To Open A Brewery – Reverie Brewing Co.
April 29, 2019

If you’re a home-brewer daydreaming about opening your own brewery or a startup-in-progress, this one’s for you.  We’re with the owners of Reverie Brewing Co in Newtown CT (https://reveriebrewing.com/) who opened just under two months ago.

#10: Keep on Training Until We Get It Right
April 22, 2019

Is that….could it be….OMGmyHopsAreComingOutOfTheGround!!!  Okay, calm down, that’s called Emergence.  With it comes Training, where you get your baby bines started on their climb up the trellis.  Looking for some guidance on how to get this going,

#9: Eight Questions that Brewers Ask Hop Growers (and answers!)
April 15, 2019

Are you ready for some role playing?  Gregg and James put on their “grower” and “brewer” cosplay outfits to act out scenes between the two.

#8: Rhizomes vs Plants
April 08, 2019

Some questions can never really be answered to everyone’s satisfaction.  What came first, the chicken or the egg?  Where are all of those single socks that were lost in the wash hiding?  Perhaps most important to this crowd,

#7: Cat Pee and Old Lady Perfume
April 01, 2019

Hops bring flavor and aroma to our favorite beverage; this week we focus on Aroma.  Are you interested in how foam and mouthfeel influence what you smell?  Do you want to be able to identify the 5 classes of hop aroma?