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New cost-effective hops testing service now available to Ontario hop growers through Niagara College

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.12.46 AM   Thanks to an ongoing partnership, Niagara College is offering full-service alpha beta testing to Ontario hop growers for the 2016 season.   All OHGA members are entitled to a 15% discount on the cost of the lab testing services, which will be conducted using official methods of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, through The Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre team at its Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. Under the system, samples are analyzed on Thursdays, provided they are received by the College by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Results will be sent within 2 business days. More testing days will be allocated during harvest time if there is greater demand.   Growers will be provided with a template for pricing and sample submission. An invoice will be sent by email after the analysis is complete.
Quantity Required Lab Service Description Price per sample
100g Moisture analysis $30.00
100g Alpha acids, beta acids, hop storage index (H.S.I.) values $50.00
100g Harvest Package: Alpha acids, beta acids, hop storage index (H.S.I.) values + moisture analysis $70.00
Current Capabilities:
  • Total alpha acids (%)
  • Total beta acids (%)
  • Hop Storage Index (H.S.I.)
  • Moisture analysis
  • The College will be adding more services to the price list as they become available.
To qualify for the discount, one must be a current member of the OHGA. The Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products or processes. The hops testing service is a result of a 2015 Ontario Hops Benchmark project with OHGA and Niagara College.   To request testing or for more information please contact Kristine Canniff, Niagara College Canada.   t: 905-641-2252, ext. 4198 e: kcanniff@niagaracollege.ca w: www.ncinnovation.ca   Figure 2: Zeus hops pre and post CO2 extraction. Photos courtesy of Loyalist College.
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