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The Hop Grower's Handbook - The Essential Guide for Sustainable, Small-Scale Production for Home and Market

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The Hop Grower's Handbook shows that it is possible to grow hops on a small scale for the booming regional craft beer markets and not only do it profitably, but also sustainably.

Written by hop farmers and craft brewery owners Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring, this beautifully photographed and illustrated book recounts the birth, expansion, and sustenance of their own hop yard as well as the colorful history of hop farming in New York and New England, where hops haven't been grown commercially for nearly a century.

The Hop Grower's Handbook provides an overview of the numerous native, heirloom, and modern varieties of hops; information on hop yard design and site selection; best practices to manage moisture, weeds, pests, and disease, especially in the Northeast where their Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery & Cidery is located; harvesting and processing techniques; beer recipes; and more.

While most other resources on hop production are geared toward the Pacific Northwest's large-scale growing operations, this book is sure to become an essential guide for home-scale and small-scale commercial hops growers everywhere.

Contents:  Introduction

Part I. Rediscovering Hops - Hop history, The hop plant

Part II. Planning and Planting - The hop yard: Selecting a site, Site preparation: Soil and cover cropping, Small-scale hop yard design and trellising; From the ground up, up and up

Part III. Tending - Management choices in a changing climate: Organic or IPM? Disease, Insects, Weed control

Part IV. Harvesting and Processing - Harvest; Drying Hops; Preparing hops for use and sale: Analyzing, packaging, and pricing; Brewing beer; Beer recipes

Acknowledgments, Resources, Index.

Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring, 2015, 279 pgs, Full color photos throughout, soft.   $34.95




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