Mechanical hop harvesting. This service can only be provided if farm and harvester are close in distance.
Drying of harvested hops is the most critical point in preparing a marketable crop. The grower may do this at the farm, or may contract to the processor. Drying can only be contracted to the processor if there is a short time between picking and delivering the hops to be dried.
Milling and pelleting whole dried cones to brewing industry standards, T-90 Pellet. Hops are processed according to the Ohio Hop Growers Guild’s quality standards, which follows the highest industry protocol to produce excellent hop pellets for brewers to use. Pelleting is done on a 10 hp Lawson Mills Pellet Mill specifically designed for hops and engineered with a cooling drum keeping the temperature below 102 degrees protecting the quality of hop oils.
Vacuum packaging pellets into moisture/light barrier mylar bags. Pellets may be packaged with or without nitrogen.
$3.00 lb 10-500 lbs
$2.75 lb 500-1,000 lbs
$2.50 lb 1,000 – 5,000 lbs
$2.25 lb 5,000 – 10,000 lbs
$2.00 lb > 10,000 lbs
PELLETIZING SERVICE INCLUDES:
- Pelletizing hops
- Vacuum sealed and nitrogen flushed into moisture/light barrier bags
- Cooler for optimal temperature control during process
- Mylar bags and labels (in compliance with ODA Food Safety Requirements)
- 1, 5, 11, 22, and 44 lb. bags available; home brew 1 oz. bags can be filled for additional nominal surcharge
hop picking | $1 per bine*
The Wolf can strip 170 bines per hour. Custom picking can only be offered if grower is within 1 hour of processor and educated on proper handling of hops in order to protect the quality of the hop cone. There is a 50 bine minimum for this service.
HOP DRYING | $30 an hour*
Dried in our custom oast, which is low temperature and ODA Food Safe Inspected - For hops needing additional drying before pelleting or total drying service for an acre at a time, generally between 16-24 hours.
*Additional services dependent on scheduling availability
THINGS TO KNOW
Your hops must be dried down to between 8-10% moisture and kept cool in 34-42 degree environment prior to pelleting. If they come in with high moisture content, either the grower can take them back and complete the drying process or contract with the processor to dry down at an hourly rate.
PROPER DELIVERY HANDLING
Hops should be transported in a way to minimize heat and breaking down of crop/oils.
Growers are responsible for a chemical analysis of their hops so that this can be logged and labelled along with variety, weight, and grower, per lot.
Since there is a 5-8% loss during the pelleting due to the process, at least 10 lbs. of hops is needed.
Communication and timing are critical. Please make arrangements with your processor at the beginning of the season to let them know your needs so we can be sure to reserve a day for your hops. It’s important to be in frequent communication closer to harvest regarding expected harvest day. Timing is very important to create the highest quality pellet for your brewer.
You grew the hops, now what? Interested in our processing services? Please contact us for pricing & scheduling.