Harvesting our lines of Hops from the field.
First of all, huge thanks go out to all the friends, family and neighbors who pitched in and helped with the 2010 hops harvest.
If it weren’t for all of you, Leah and me… Well Leah anyway, would still be picking hops. Even with all the help, we were up until 4 in the morning a couple of times. Their were a lot of good times had. Laughing, listening to music, eating, and than, of course, a few beers were drank also.
The newly designed drying racks worked superbly. We were able to raise the temperature to 105* Fahrenheit (41* Celsius) in the hops house, and with the use of 2-48” fans moving the air, we dried about 20-30 lbs of hops down below 7% moisture in less than 10 hours!
The very exciting news is we went over 100 lbs. of finished hops. Now’s when we start contacting all the brewers who want hand picked, organic Minnesota grown cascade hops or please contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are…
1 lb $28.00
½ lb $15.00
2 oz $3.95
Over 5 lbs. Call George or Leah (651-462-2615)
Or email Paul at email@example.com
The last vine was cut down Friday night, and the last hop picked off and put in the hops house, dried, vacuum packaged and placed in the freezer the morning hours of 9/11 and those who know us personally are not surprised we are all very emotional for all those reasons.
To see more pictures from the harvest Click here!
So with a celebratory toast of Ale made with our 2009 Cascade hops. Leah & I will start planning next year’s expansion.
Cheers, and enjoy the best; Minnesota grown hops!
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