Phase Two: KEEP IT COLD
Once we’ve worked to save all those fabulous aromas the last thing we want to do is let them get away during processing. Our hops are stored cold in tight bales until processing.
Once they enter the food processing facility they are sent to the mill to be pulverized. The ground up hops (called mill powder) are extremely delicate and will begin spoiling immediately upon contact with oxygen. So we flood the mills with cryogenic nitrogen gas to push out the oxygen and eliminate any possibility of degradation.
Pellet temperature never rises over 100F thanks to the super cold nitrogen gas. The pellets are conveyed, under more nitrogen, to the packaging station where they are weighed into gas barrier bags, nitrogen flushed yet again, vacuum sealed, then frozen.