How We Do It
Conventional and Modernized Farming
It starts with the basics. Correct field design, proper trellis construction, and an adequate amount of irrigation. We farm conventional methods that go back as far as decades and incorporate new age data collection to store, analyze, and better understand our field health.
We cannot stress to you enough how exhilarating it is to be in the middle of a hop harvest. Festive to a degree but yet ever so grueling. All farms have their own idiosyncrasies that make the hop harvest unique from farm to farm. We, as all quality hop producers, focus on keeping to a strict schedule that must capitalize on harvest windows, coordinate wet brew arrangements, and run around the clock if needed.
Drying, Conditioning and Baling
These three check points have a crucial impact on the final quality of the hop product. When drying and conditioning we again study historic values that account for moisture equilibrium points, air flow volume, and temperature thresholds. We annually calibrate our metering equipment so that we are always accurate when we monitor, record, or adjust these specific parameters.
Baling is a method solely designed for storage and transportation. When baling loose cones into denser hop bales we want to handle the hops as little as possible and compress them with just enough force in order to limit luplin gland loss and damage.
Pelletizing and Packaging
We take complete control over the grinding and pelletizing process of our hops. Our system effectively controls the milling and pelleting temperatures well below the industry standard of <130 F. We not only work hard to lower peak temperatures but we do everything in our control to limit the length of time our hops are exposed to any increase in temperature.
Packaging is done with an industry standard food grade material that is the world's best in oxygen barrier. Labeling is synced with our cloud based inventory software that allows us to ensure anything you receive from Topp's Hops can be retraced back to its original source.
Every pellet, package, and box from Topp's Hops is prepared keeping quality number one from the field to the freezer.