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The Hop Grower’s Handbook

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The essential guide for sustainable, small-scale production for home and market

Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring

Written by hop farmers and craft brewery owners Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring, The Hop Grower’s Handbook is a beautifully photographed and illustrated book that weaves the story of their Helderberg Hop Farm with the colourful history of New York and New England hop farming, relays horticultural information about the unusual hop plant and the mysterious resins it produces that give beer a distinctively bitter flavour, and includes an overview of the numerous native, heirloom, and modern varieties of hops and their purposes. The authors also provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the beer-brewing process – critical for hop growers to understand in order be able to provide the high-quality product brewers want to buy – along with recipes from a few of their favourite home and micro-brewers.

Description

It’s hard to think about beer these days without thinking about hops. The runaway craft beer market’s convergence with the ever-expanding local foods movement is helping to spur a local-hops renaissance. The demand from craft brewers for local ingredients to make beer – such as hops and barley – is robust and growing. That’s good news for farmers looking to diversify, but the catch is that hops have not been grown commercially in the eastern United States for nearly a century.

The overwhelming majority of books and resources devoted to hop production currently available are geared toward the Pacific Northwest’s large-scale commercial growers, who use synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilisers and deal with regionally specific climate, soils, weeds, and insect populations. Ten Eyck and Gehring, however, focus on farming hops sustainably. While they relay their experience about growing in a new Northeastern climate subject to the higher temperatures and volatile cycles of drought and deluge brought about by global warming, this book will be an essential resource for home-scale and small-scale commercial hops growers in all regions.

The Hop Grower’s Handbook provides readers with detailed information on:

  • Selecting, preparing, and designing a hop yard site, including irrigation;
  • Tending to the hops, with details on best practices to manage weeds, insects, and diseases; and,
  • Harvesting, drying, analysing, processing, and pricing hops for market.

Product details

Published 2015
Chelsea Green Publishing
Colour photos and illustrations throughout, 288 pages.
ISBN: 9781603585552

 

Additional information

Weight 0.82 kg
Dimensions 255 × 205 × 15 mm

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