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FRESNO – Jared and Jandi Adams started
a small test plot of hops several years ago
and are ready to start working on sharing
their product with breweries.
They had the land and the interest, as
Jared had done some home brewing, and
decided to give growing hops a try.
“In 2013 there was a hops shortage,” Jar-
ed said. “Demand was up and so was the
price, but it’s very labor intensive.”
It also can be expensive to install the
trellis system that hops needs to grow up.
Jared, however, was able to make his own.
“We have woodlands on our property so
I used black locust to make the poles,” he
said. “We have 52 holes and the poles are
22 feet long. Four feet of them have to be in
the ground. My parents helped me put the
trellis system together.”
Jandi said Jared has agriculture experi-
ence working on his family’s farm and is
“He’s hardworking too and his parents
are right there with him,” Jandi said.
Hops plants grow in long stems that are
called bines instead of vines. The peren-
nial plant can grow more than 20 feet a
year and needs to be trained to climb your
You have to keep a close eye on your
plants for pests and diseases.
“Japanese Beetles can get on them and
within two to three days decimate your
crop,” Jandi said. “You have to pay atten-
tion to your plants. You need to turn the
leaves over to look for pests on the top and
bottom. You also can plant companion
plants which bring in beneficial bugs that
will eat the bad ones.”
Hops plants are a nitrogen demanding
crop and require a lot of water. The plant
produces a cone, which is what the grower
gathers for harvest.
“They look like a green pinecone,” Jandi
They have to be picked at just the right
“You are looking for moisture,” Jared
said. “Up until harvest you are doing full
lab analyses. If you miss their peak point
you could have a complete loss. Hops
gives beer its aroma when added at the
end or bitterness when added early in the
brewing process. Different varieties have
However, it may take up to three years
before you get 100 percent production
from your plants. Fortunately, you can get
several years out of a plant.
They currently have about an acre of
hops and are growing Noble German
“We plan to expand every year if we
can,” Jared said.
They also are looking at ways to make
the harvesting and drying process easier.
“You can harvest by hand, but it can
take about an hour to do one bine and we
have close to 1,000 plants in the ground,”
Jared said. “You can get that done if you
have a lot of friends.”
Coshocton Hops is located in Fresno,
and has already provided some product to
the Wooly Pig Farm Brewery. The brewery
worked with Raven’s Glenn Winery to
create a special Coshocton beer called the
Wooly Raven Saison.
“It finished like champagne or wine,”
Their goal is to support local home
brewers and breweries as much as possi-
“I love the industry,” Jandi said. “Craft
beer is like an art form. There are so many
different breweries out there doing really
They hope to be part of the Ohio Hop
Growers Guild statewide open house in
July to showcase their hop yard. Coshocton
Hops is part of the Ohio Hop Growers Guild
and the Coshocton County Farm Bureau.
For more on Coshocton Hops visit their
By Josie Sellers
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