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10/06/2006 10:18 PM ID: 57458 Permalink   

Fire Destroys 4% of Hops in U.S.


A fire that broke out in Yakima Monday destroyed roughly 4% of hops grown by the U.S. The warehouse that was destroyed was operated by German company S.S. Steiner. Water was sprayed directly onto the hops through holes ripped into the buildings side.

The estimated $3.5-4 million loss was so far unclear as to how it would affect beer manufacturers and prices. The region where the fire occurred produces 18% of the world's hops.

The danger of spontaneous combustion in heated bales of resinous varieties has always been a concern. East Valley Deputy Chief Mike Riel said "That's just a possibility that we'll look at, but it is very high on the list."

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  I don't..  
I just don't see how this could make any difference, US beer tastes like water anyway.. ;)
  by: StarShadow     10/06/2006 10:21 PM     
  surprised fire happened  
I'm not too sure about hops, but grain in general was always prone to exploding.

The grain dust suspended in the air always made for a highly combustible and highly 'mixed' environment. Everynow and then, grain silos would be prone to spontaneous explosions killing unfortunate workers and devastating nearby structures.

I'm surprised it was a fire, but then again, I don't know hops, and it might be arson or just an accident.
  by: redstain   10/06/2006 10:26 PM     
esspecially flour mill.. flour suspended in the air has the vvisual effect of air catching fire... or similar to a gas explosion.

wont somebody please think of the
  by: HAVOC666     10/06/2006 10:44 PM     
Not if you make your own. Walkingstick is teaching me how to brew. He is very good at it.
  by: valkyrie123     10/07/2006 03:06 AM     
Well, I can't argue with that! If it's done right, homebrew is great. I'd like to brew my own mead someday.
  by: StarShadow     10/07/2006 03:11 AM     
  since no one else did  
Dont kill no more hops

And I quite like Bud and Coors.
  by: GogeVandire   10/07/2006 08:47 AM     
Well looks like no more american styles for me... I love Goldings anyway and good old cheap aussie pride of ringwood for bittering.

The article doesn't mention what style of hops were destroyed though. Anyone know?
  by: jendres     10/07/2006 09:41 AM     
  My hops ...  
I usually use hops from the U.K., Saaz valley in the Czech Republic and German "noble" varieties. I have occasionally used the hops from the U.S. northwest, but I usually stick to the European varieties. (It makes a BIG difference.)
Oh, yes, I do make meade also, along with meade varieties known as melomel, myddyglyn, pyment, cyser and hippocras.
  by: Walkingstick     10/07/2006 03:41 PM     
  @ Star  
The addition of rice in American beer has ruined it, in my humble opinion. I stick to the traditional ingredients in beer, i.e. barley (wheat), hops, water and yeast.

  by: Walkingstick     10/07/2006 03:49 PM     
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