HVG Germany: Hopfen


The cone hops pressed in ballots can be called the first "hop product" to come onto the market. The volume of the cone hops is reduced to half through strong pressing. The pressed ballots are either cylindrical or rectangular. A rectangular ballot with 170 kilogram hops generally has the dimensions 0.52m x 0.74m x1.48m. This corresponds to a specific weight of about 300 kg/m3 - twice the density compared with the hops delivered by the hop-grower.

Years ago hops used to be sulphured in the kiln before being packed. Due to the sulphur dioxide produced by sulphurizing, the hops could be kept longer and the colour of the cones was bright green. This process, still applied today for spices, has no longer been used for pressed hops in Germany since the end of the 1980s. Only a few breweries work with hops in pressed bales. 

In the HVG processing facility in Mainburg hops are not only pressed in ballots but also packed in handy vacuum packages called "Vacupacks". Vacupacks are sold solely in Germany by the HVG. In the 5 kg Vacupacks not only cone hops but also ground hop powder is packed under vacuum and sealed. This type of packaging does not only reduce the volume it also protects the components from being damaged by oxygen. 

VACUPACKS are ideal for breweries which do not want to go without using cone hops despite the diversity of various hop products.