2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops

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2011 Hops and Barley- Gorst Valley Hops

  1. 1. Gorst Valley Hops<br />Summary of 2010 and Progress<br />
  2. 2. 2010<br />Processed over 1000 lbs hops<br />100% of crop sold pre-harvest<br />4 versions of a picker were designed, built and tested<br />Sorter experiments were conducted<br />Lots of interest from potential growers<br /> Small oast designed, built, and successfully used – plans available!<br />6 workshops conducted in WI and NY<br />
  3. 3. GVH and WI hops featured<br />In Wisconsin (WPTV, October)<br />Brew Your Own magazine<br />Beer magazine<br />Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival<br />Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival<br />Modern Brewery Age Cover story<br />2 presentations at the America Homebrewer Association National Conference<br />
  4. 4. The oast<br />
  5. 5. Harvesting<br />Picker<br />Small stationary equipment capable of stripping a mature bine in less than 1 minute<br />Standard 110/120 volt power requirement<br />Digital speed control<br />Adjustable clutch that safely disengaged the picking drum<br />Can be fitted with an integral hopper or conveyor to move material to the sorter<br />
  6. 6. Harvesting <br />Sorter<br />Stationary 3 stage sorting process<br />Includes a trommel for large debris<br />Incline mesh belt <br />Variable speed fans<br />Standard 110/120 volt power requirements<br />Clean cone outlet can be fitted with discharge to oast bins or to conveyor<br />
  7. 7. Harvesting <br />Picker units will see field use this season prior to taking production orders<br />Sorter will undergo field testing this season and be available for the 2012 harvest<br />Projected picker price ~$4500.<br />Sorter price: to be determined<br />
  8. 8. 2011<br />Added 15 new charter growers (31 total)<br />Added 5 new varieties<br />Partnered with Atlantic Hops in NY<br />Hired two part time employees<br />Moving to a larger space for processing<br />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)<br />
  9. 9. 2011 continued<br />Increasing customer base<br />Expecting 7x increase in harvest<br />80% pre-sold for 2011 harvest<br />Distribute with 2 homebrew stores<br />Will continue contract processing ~$4.50/lb (pelletizing, alpha%, beta%, total oil%, bulk packaging)<br />Pursue organic processing certification<br />Put 101 workshop on line<br />

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