For members wondering where to send their hops forAlpha Acid Unit (AAU) testing this harvest year – there are still only two sources available that we are aware of.
Niagara College will not be able to offer “fee for service” testing this year, but will be using the benchmark project as a way to validate their protocols, and hopefully be in a position to offer affordable, Ontario based testing in 2016.
In the meantime, OHGA member Frederick Frédérick Faucher PhD, Chimiste – is again offering his services to Ontario Hop Growers through Houblon des Appalaches.
Prices have come down a little bit this year, to reflect lower chemical prices due to volume, so the regular alpha/beta/HSI testing is now $48 and total essential oil dosage $62,50 /per sample. Also, new for this year, he is offering a pdf form to fill with your samples to better accommodate Mac users.
The form (English version) can be found on here @ http://www.houblon-appalaches.
Coming soon is genetic testing for hop virus and viroid. The test should be available this winter around the end of January. Frederick would like to offer varietal analysis since many people are requesting this test.
More information here:
A & L Canada Laboratories in London, ON was reported to be offer testing, but pricing is not clear and the sample submission information has not yet been posted to their website (www.alcanada.com). However, interested growers can contact A & L directly for more information at:
A & L Canada Laboratories Inc.
2136 Jetstream Rd.,
Tel: (519) 457-2575
Toll Free: 1-(855)-837-8347