Pelleting preserves the hop acids and hop oils, producing a more consistent product. The inset photo shows the nitrogen cooling system in Yakima Chief's pellet mill, one of the largest, most advanced in the world. Liquid nitrogen cooling of the die head, as the pellet is formed, helps preserve the vital characteristics of the hops. Another advantage of the nitrogen cooling process is that YC-Type 90 Hop Pellets are less likely to clump together and are free-flowing out of the package into your brew.
The pellet mill has a current capacity of over 150,000 pounds of hops per day and utilizes one of the largest mixing/screening systems of any commercial facility. Yakima Chief produces a uniform, very pure quality pellet - used to make superior extracts - or market directly to brewers. We certify the varietal integrity of every lot and the alpha-acid content of process samples is routinely checked for conformance to customer specifications. We can provide YC-Hop Pellets in large homogenous lots of consistent bitterness.
Personal service, product consistency, technical support and fair pricing - that's the value package that Yakima Chief has established for the brewing industry.