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T-90 HOP PELLETS ARE THE FINAL PRODUCT of whole leaf hops that have been processed through a series of size reduction and densification steps. First, the whole bale is carefully decompressed using a bale-breaker. The loose leaf hops are then sent to a hammer mill, which grinds the whole leaf hops into a powder that retains all of the natural vegetative and lupulin ingredients.

The powder is homogenized in a large mixer and pressed through a pellet die (6mm diameter). The resulting pellets pass through a pellet shaker, which separates the usable pellets from hop dust and broken pellets, which are recycled in the system. The pellets are subsequently sent through a cooling tank that rapidly refrigerates the pellets to maintain optimum product integrity.

WHY CHOOSE T-90 PELLETS?

Pellets have three distinct advantages over whole leaf hops: the compact storage size, a significantly increased shelf life due to nitrogen-flushed packaging, and a smaller surface area, which reduces oxidation. More importantly, there is an average 15 percent increase in alpha acid utilization compared to whole leaf in the boil. For these reasons, T-90 hop pellets are increasingly popular within the craft brewing industry. Our extremely low operating temperatures and processing methods create the highest quality hop pellets that retain their whole hop complexity, boldness and character.

PACKAGING

Packaged in one of the highest food-grade bag-sealing solutions on the market, Crosby hops are safely parceled in heavy-duty foil barrier bags utilizing a fully automated WeighPack™ vertical fill form and seal bagger. The packs are carefully filled and weighed according to industry standard specifications for upmost quality and consistency. A robust nitrogen flush ensures minimum Oxygen for optimum shelf life.

COLD STORAGE

Immediately following packaging, all hops are transferred to Crosby Hop Farm's 50,000 square feet of cold storage where all products are stored at 26 degrees Fahrenheit.

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