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2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops

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  • 1. Gorst Valley Hops
    Summary of 2010 and Progress
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. The oast
  • 5. Harvesting
    Picker
    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
  • 6. Harvesting
    Sorter
    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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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)
  • 9. 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

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