hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer


Latest Episodes

#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?

#6: Trellis Design
March 26, 2019

Ron Grunwell has been helping growers set up their yards for hops, apples and other crops for over 15 years.  He joins us to share his expertise in all things trellis, and we guarantee he’s forgotten more about lumber and cable than you’ll ever know.

#5: We’re Not Brewing Twinkies Here
March 18, 2019

It’s our first guest!  We are with Scott Manning recorded live at Vintage Brewing in Sauk Prairie WI.  Find out if his rhubarb is treated well, why Scott’s Irish Red can be compared to a Toyota Corolla and our first attempt at playing Beer the Name and...

#4b: A Little Bit Dead On The Inside – Spent Grain
March 11, 2019

James and Gregg revisit the Hop Quality discussion.  Learn the origin of the “Spent Grain” concept, suffer through Gregg’s first song parody and learn why feedback should be treated as a gift.

#4: A Little Bit Dead On The Inside
March 04, 2019

What is “hop quality”?  As a grower, how do you achieve it?  Almost as important, how do you demonstrate it to your customers?  Then for the brewers, asking the right questions to make sure you’re getting a quality product.  We talk about sniff tests,

#3b: So You Want To Grow Hops? – Spent Grain
February 26, 2019

We’re back with another Spent Grain and the guys are having caffeine issues.  Learn what boats, horses and hops have in common, hear about Scrappy James vs Plucky James, and Gregg continues the Spent Grain poetry slam.

Episode #3: So You Want To Grow Hops?
February 26, 2019

We’re pulling no punches and here it is: the pitfalls of dangers of jumping into personal hop production.  Gregg and James “Captain Bringdown” take you through all of the things you don’t think about while blinded by the light of growing your way into ...

Episode #2b: Collaboration – Spent Grain
February 24, 2019

We’re back with another Spent Grain, this time reviewing our Collaboration discussion.  Listen for the start with a new tradition as we share hop-themed original poetry.  There’s also a continuation of the Local conversation,