Growing Hops with Jason Perrault – BeerSmith Podcast 41

by Brad Smith on June 29, 2012 · 6 comments

This week my guest is Jason Perrault, a fourth generation hop grower from Perrault Farms. Jason joins us to talk about how to grow hops at home, and along the way we also talk about how to store and use fresh hops to enhance your homebrew.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (37:48)

  • Jason Perrault is my guest this week. Jason is a fourth generation hop grower who works for his family run business Perrault Farms in the Yakima valley. Perrault farms specializes in both conventional and organically grown craft beer hops including Simcoe, Summit, Ahtanum, Cascade, Citra, Palisade and the new Mosaic hops. Jason is also a hop breeder for Select Botanicals Group LLC, and a member of Hop Breeding Co, LLC
  • Jason starts with a bit about his family business Perrault farms which was established in 1902 (102 years ago) in the Yakima valley
  • We discuss how the high desert makes Yakima valley a very good location for growing hops
  • Jason tells us how you can get started growing hops at home
  • He shares his tips for planting rhizomes and fertilizing them
  • We discuss how much to water them, when to feed them, and how to care for them
  • Jason tells us how to train the hop bines to grow up a trellis
  • We talk about how to determine when the hop cones are ready to harvest
  • Jason talks about how to dry and then store your hop cones after picking them
  • He shares a few of his favorite hops as well as which hops he sells the most of (Simcoe!)
  • Jason shares a few of his tips for homebrewers

Thanks to Jason Perrault for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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