Star B Ranch and Hop Farm is Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm. Star B is the source of locally grown premium wet and dried hops for San Diego Craft and Home Brewers like Monkey Paw Pub Brewery, Helms Brewing Co., Chuck Alek Independent Brewers, San Diego Brewing Company, Julian Brewing Company and Ballast Point Brewing Company. Hops are one of the primary ingredients in beer brewing, along with malted barley, yeast, and water. Hops contain many essential oils which contribute Aroma, Flavor, and Bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt. Hops also provide antiseptic preservative qualities to finished beer. Like seasonings, there are dozens of varieties of hops to enhance the flavor of their brews. Star B Ranch currently offers Cascade and Nugget hops and is planting Chinook and Crystal in 2014, as well as ongoing variety trials to determine suitable varieties in our region. Traditionally, hops were measured by Alpha Acid (bittering potential) and aroma. Current trends in brewing have led to an awareness of the aroma and flavor contributions, as hops have become the highlight of many beer styles. Star B Ranch strives to grow and produce hops that will add something special to your beer. We offer Harvest-Wet Hops, Dry Hops and Rhizomes.
Through experience we have learned that, although picking hops by hand is a fun experience, it can become tedious and time consuming. It also made it difficult to provide larger quantities fast enough fro some customers. Our commitment to provide the best service and products led us to invest into a German engineered and built, Wolf Hop Harvester. These machines are proven and trusted by many hop farmers throughout Europe, and now are now helping smaller U.S. hop farmers as well. OurWolf Hop Harvester will also allow us to process our hops much more quickly, allowing us to fill larger orders of fresh picked hops.
For those interested in learning more about commercial or hobby hop farming, the Star B staff offers consulting services grounded in hands-on experience.
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Ramona, CA 92065