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2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops

2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops






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    2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops 2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops Presentation Transcript

    • Gorst Valley Hops
      Summary of 2010 and Progress
    • 2010
      Processed over 1000 lbs hops
      100% of crop sold pre-harvest
      4 versions of a picker were designed, built and tested
      Sorter experiments were conducted
      Lots of interest from potential growers
      Small oast designed, built, and successfully used – plans available!
      6 workshops conducted in WI and NY
    • GVH and WI hops featured
      In Wisconsin (WPTV, October)
      Brew Your Own magazine
      Beer magazine
      Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival
      Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival
      Modern Brewery Age Cover story
      2 presentations at the America Homebrewer Association National Conference
    • The oast
    • Harvesting
      Small stationary equipment capable of stripping a mature bine in less than 1 minute
      Standard 110/120 volt power requirement
      Digital speed control
      Adjustable clutch that safely disengaged the picking drum
      Can be fitted with an integral hopper or conveyor to move material to the sorter
    • Harvesting
      Stationary 3 stage sorting process
      Includes a trommel for large debris
      Incline mesh belt
      Variable speed fans
      Standard 110/120 volt power requirements
      Clean cone outlet can be fitted with discharge to oast bins or to conveyor
    • Harvesting
      Picker units will see field use this season prior to taking production orders
      Sorter will undergo field testing this season and be available for the 2012 harvest
      Projected picker price ~$4500.
      Sorter price: to be determined
    • 2011
      Added 15 new charter growers (31 total)
      Added 5 new varieties
      Partnered with Atlantic Hops in NY
      Hired two part time employees
      Moving to a larger space for processing
      Expanding laboratory facilities (gas chromatograph will allow quantify different oil fractions and custom blend hops to substitute for proprietary hop varieties, do beer quality analysis)
    • 2011 continued
      Increasing customer base
      Expecting 7x increase in harvest
      80% pre-sold for 2011 harvest
      Distribute with 2 homebrew stores
      Will continue contract processing ~$4.50/lb (pelletizing, alpha%, beta%, total oil%, bulk packaging)
      Pursue organic processing certification
      Put 101 workshop on line