We’ve partnered with Crosby for some time now. Not only are they some of the best people to work with, they keep their values at the forefront of everything they do. Recently, we were asked to delve a little deeper into their pellets, why they’re better than the rest, and how this impacts YOU as a brewer.
The Crosby team are vertically integrated which gives them control over the quality of their hops from farm to pellet. In addition to their 450 acres of hops grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Crosby source hops from some of the world’s best growers, with quality intentionally kept at the forefront. Crosby hops are ALWAYS obtained in bale form (unprocessed, dry leaf), ensuring the pellet production and quality control is closely monitored and controlled onsite through their state-of-the-art pellet mill.
Crosby’s Marketing Manager, Zak Schroerlucke explains, “We process our pellets through a proprietary process focusing on cooler pelleting temperatures and specific compression ratios per variety.” The result is a “craft-inspired” pellet that is softer than the traditional hop pellet.“This allows for greater dispersion, bigger aromas, and more efficient yields of alpha and aroma in both hot and cold side additions.”
With a greater industry emphasis on whirlpool and kettle hop additions, softer pellets allow for greater dispersion and bigger aromas/flavours in beer. “Take our pellet and a competitor’s pellet and drop them a glass of room temperature water. Watch them disperse and see how quickly they break apart. That is what is happening in fermentation tanks during dry hop additions. Dispersion is CRUCIAL.”
If you’d like to get your hands on some of these softer, craft orientated hop pellets, you know where to find us: firstname.lastname@example.org . Email us now or reach out HERE .