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Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1764
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.252.27.253
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I saw a small blurb that there was a ferocious hailstorm in the Hallertau region of Germany late last month.

Something like 2000 hectares of hop vines were destroyed, and another 2000 damaged.

Anybody else hear this or have more info?
 

Jeff Rankert
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Username: Hopfenundmalz

Post Number: 68
Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 76.122.147.39
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 12:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

About 19% of the Hallertau and 25% of the Tettnang crop yeild was wiped out.

Pictures are down about halfway down in this page
http://jackcurtin.com/ldo/?cat=8

I was out of German hops, but the shipment from Hopsdirect arrived yesterday. Tett and Hallertau.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10408
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 01:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm assuming the Czech hop crop was unaffected.
 

Jeff Rankert
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Username: Hopfenundmalz

Post Number: 69
Registered: 06-2008
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 02:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No news on the Czeck hop crop, so that is good.

The Hallertau is between Munich and Ingolstadt, and the Tettnang region is >100 mi to the SE near lake Constance (Bodensee). So it was a big storm system, or it had a track that went over both.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10410
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Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 03:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was in the Tettnang region in 1986. It's a little over an hour's drive from Munich (I was on a bicycle), fairly near to Switzerland and Austria. It's also pretty country, close enough to see the peaks of the Alps on a clear day. The mountains were imposing indeed when I crossed them the next day. I felt like Hannibal, although he did it quite a bit farther west.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 626
Registered: 10-2007
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 03:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

According to this, Czech hops were damaged as well:

http://www.examiner.com/x-241-Beer-Examiner~y2009m5d28-A-hail-of-a-mess-for-Germ an-hopped-beer

Damage to approx. 130 ha (325 acres) is also reported from the Saaz growing region, with 70ha (175 acres) suffering severe and 60 ha (150 acres) moderate damage.

Another source reports: The Saaz area was partly hit by the storms; around 500 acres in that region was more or less hurt
 

Nephalist
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Username: Nephi

Post Number: 152
Registered: 12-2005
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 05:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The pictures in Jeff's link show a grid of wire above the hop trellises. Wouldn't this complicate the harvesting by machine?
 

Jeff Rankert
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Username: Hopfenundmalz

Post Number: 70
Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 76.122.147.39
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 05:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Recently I read that the Germans use more manual labor in the harvest.

I remember seeing small - by US standards - farm tractors pulling small wagons with the cut bines down the road in the Hallertau circa late August 1999. Not the same as Mike Rowe in Dirty Jobs.

Can't remember how they were getting the bines down.