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How has the Hops Shortage Affected You??

BeerSmith

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So,
  How has the hops shortage affected your homebrewing??

  I did one article on it here:  http://www.beersmith.com/blog/2008/02/23/homebrew-crisis-where-have-all-the-brewing-hops-gone/

  But I am thinking about writing another one from the homebrewer's perspective and I was wondering:

      - How has the shortage affected you?
      - What are you doing to cope?  What steps are you taking?

Thanks,
Brad
 
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I have not a beer with the hops that usually use for over 6 months.

But I just email the shop I get all my stuff from (local) to see what they have on hand then I decide what I am going to make.

Sub sub sub....  but I have been happy with all my results.  The price the problem.  from .99 cents an ounce to 2.99... ouch

I am going to make the first IPA in a long time this Sat.

Don
 

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The hop shortage hasnt affected me at all. In my city we only have one store that sells the hops I like to use (vacuum sealed leafs or the pucks) and he has never had to great of a selection. I don't usually get to brew what I want but what I can get the ingredients for.
 

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Charlie Mops said:
The hop shortage hasn't affected me at all. In my city we only have one store that sells the hops I like to use (vacuum sealed leafs or the pucks) and he has never had to great of a selection. I don't usually get to brew what I want but what I can get the ingredients for.

Same goes for me I just did a Phat Tyre Amber Ale and when I went for all my ingredients I figured the hops where going to be a problem and when I got there he had a good supply but you are limited to 8 ounces each visit. Then the best part is I only paid $2.50 on ounce in the vacuum sealed bags. 
 

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So far it has primarily affected my wallet - I was stunned when I paid $4-5 per ounce for hops recently.  However, I was able to find most of the hop varieties I wanted, so except for the price it has not been bad at all.

Cheers,
Brad
 

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I am shifting back to my malty roots,  real big low hopped brews.

Fred
 

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bonjour said:
I am shifting back to my malty roots,  real big low hopped brews.

Fred

Yeah!!!  I don't care for high hopped beers.  Nut browns, Scottish... and my low hop, high Cardimum Exotic IPA!!!

I'm planning a trip to Madison for a 3 day brewery tour of about 7 breweries / brewpubs and to go to a great shop for a supply of ingredients to last a few brews.  I'm hoping they will have the hops I want.
 

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So far it hasn't hindered me much.  I have a pretty good supply of hops, but I am planting 2 rhizomes for future years to mitigate any future shortages.
 
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