Bad news for homebrewers

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For whatever reason (head in the sand??), I wasn't aware of the bleak
news for hop and malt prices until I spoke with my LHBS last week and
then read the following in a news report today : "Firms that turn barley
into brewing malt informed craft brewers of price increases ranging from
40% to 80%, and hops suppliers announced increases ranging from 20% to
100%, depending on the variety of hops." -- an exerpt taken from
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119153971071549546.html
Yikes!!!  I don't know if my wife will let me keep homebrewing.  ;-)

Anyway, one thing that those of us with enough yard and a green-thumb
can do to help cut costs is to grow our own hops.  I did it for the
first time this year -- in Arkansas (southern U.S. where hops aren't
supposed to grow as well as in northern climates) -- and it was easy and
I did pretty well, harvesting 42 dry ounces for a first year crop; I've
read that I can reasonably expect my second year harvest to be double,
or more.  I'm now planning to increase my number of hop plants, too, and
for anyone who is interested, now is a good time to start -- probably
not TOO late to plant in the southern hemisphere, and definitely a good
time to prepare the bed for spring planting in the northern hemisphere
by breaking the ground and incorporating compost, manure, and any needed
ingredients like lime that takes a little time to sweeten the soil.  Of
course, I didn't try growing them just to save money, although that's a
nice bonus that looks like I'll appreciate even more as prices rise; I
did it because I wanted a source of fresh hops so that I could try 'wet'
hopping, and also because I like gardening.  If anyone is interested,
please visit my Grow-Hops discussion group which currently has 347
members: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Grow-Hops
Cheers.

Bill Velek

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The brewmaster at Summit Brewery has been warning of this for a couple of
years, so I don't think this is uncommmon knowledge.  It made local prime time
news here about one year ago.  Part of the problem is that some of the land
that was once used for growing barley is being used to grow corn for ethanol.
Fortunately, the land barley grows well one is a little different than the
land that corn grows well on so the effect we see as corn growing ramps up
should be finite.  The weather out in the Northwest was pretty poor this last
growing season [I believe] which makes for a double impact this year, but most
likely a temporary impact in long term pricing.  

It still remains true that the majority of the price for a commercial brew is
still taxes and shipping.  Your homebrew should be far less affected because
of this [no tax and you don't have to ship the water].

--
Thomas T. Veldhouse

   Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
                -- Henry Kissinger



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hell. Same thing is happening in Italy, the price of pasta is skyrocketing,
because land that once was used for growing durum wheat is now growing oil
crops for biodiesel fuel.

--
ant
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It is a failed business model.  World population is growing quickly and we can
either feed ourselves or our automobiles, but it will not remain practical to
feed both.

--
Thomas T. Veldhouse

   Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
                -- Henry Kissinger



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No price changes for the place I order from.. I haven't checked my LHBS yet,
their prices are a bit high so I don't buy malts or hops from them all that
often.

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Dan

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I'm just getting back into brewing after about 10 years. Where is a good
place, good prices, to get supplies online?



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I've had good results with morebeer.com.



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I like Northern Brewer
http://www.northernbrewer.com/ Very good service, decent prices.


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