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Granitebeard

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Depends on type of hop, and if the hop is proprietary. Also pellets vs whole cone. Bittering hops sell for $1-8 whole cone, $3-14 for pellets, and most duel purpose and aroma hops are $8-12 whole cone and $13-16 for pellets. Some of the proprietary varieties go for $30+. This is all on what is call a Contract to Spot Market sales system, which is what makes growing large scale hard for hops. Basically 60-75% of a variety is sold before the bines are even up. So if the year is rough, contracts don't get filled and small breweries that have to wait for the left overs get no options. A hop that sold for $18/lb last year, might go for $9 this year if the area was dry and the oils are low.

Step in small scale (0.5-25 acres) farms. Set a constant price, and tell local breweries what you have when you have it, and most jump at the chance to "be more local." I have breweries telling me they would go to $15 a pound for whole cones, if I stay fairly consistent. While looking at 1000-1200 plants with max out put of one plant being around 1.5 pounds dry, it might just be a nice side business or something to move towards. 

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Well you've certainly done your research. Did it cost much to get yourself up and running? Providing the up-keep isn't to expensive, you might have yourself a nice little holiday spending money each year doing this.

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Including the shed I just got for dry, I am about $8.5k into this... That being said, if everything lives, and I can expand up to about 1000 plants, it will work out to be a nice chunk of side change.

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Was thinking about linking pictures here this weekend.

Last year was OK. Ended up with about 5.5lb dry hops of which I still have some left.

This year, most everything came back. Was planning to replace a variety that did poorly but it ended up coming back really strong. Another that did pretty well last year did not come back at all... So I expanded a different variety that I like into that spot. A few plants from the others did not make it, but I was able to buy a few rhizomes and the spot is coming back again.

 

Will get pictures soon. Also, I have a brewery in Southern NH that is willing to get 10lb of each to start playing with and learning if they could fit my hops in their beers.

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Fantastic bro!  I have wanted to do this for SO LONG, but Texas is NOT a good place for Hops...  

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that's great Granite. Very Jealous. Stupid townhouse living keeps me from growing. granted i may try some rogue operation on some fallow property thats unused. let them grow wild and see what happens.

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Two days back at home, and uploaded some more to my lifesuck... I mean facebook account. https://www.facebook.com/Timilton/media_set?set=a.10160308169850527&type=3

Going to try and actually get some more PC time tonight after all the yard work that needs catching up.

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