On Thursday the lovely Lisa and I went on a Brewery History Society trip to the National Scientific Hop Collection and China Farm near Canterbury where it's hosted. Farm owner Tony Redsell welcomed us and Peter Darby of Wye Hops Ltd was there to guide us round, explain the hop breeding programme and show us the historic hop collection.
|Tony Redsell talking to Peter Darby|
|These are one of the Goldings varieties|
|Hops about to be stripped from the bines|
|The cluster buster|
|Leaves are lifted up but cones roll back|
|Kiln being filled|
|Dried hops going to be packaged|
|Up to the top of the press|
|About to be pressed|
|Being pressed into 50-60kg bales|
I'll be back to burble about the breeding later.