Hops (also called seed cones or strobiles) are the female flower of the hop plant. Hops are grown on vines and harvested in the fall. The cones are removed from the vines, dried and pressed into 200 lb. burlap or plastic bags called bales. The bales are shipped to processors where the hops are ground and extruded into pellets.
Hops are sold as leaf, whole flower (cones) or pellets. Hops for home brewing or micro-breweries are usually packaged in N2 purged, vacuum sealed poly, Mylar or foil bags. Bag sizes range from as small as a few ounces for home brewers up to 110 kg (242 lb.) for large commercial brewers.
For closing the pressed hop bails we recommend the horizontal Fischbein Model F portable bag sewer.
For home brewing pellet bagging applications we commend: the Logical Machines Model S-4 vibratory net weigh bagger, AmeriVacS Model AVN vacuum sealer with N2 purge and the Highlight Model 2300 case taper.
For commercial brewers pellet bagging applications (44 lb. bags) we recommend: the ESP Model JM-FF-ED gross weigh bag filler, the AmeriVacS Model AVN vacuum sealer with N2 purge, the Fuji-Ace EC Robot palletizer, and the Highlight Predator XS pallet stretch wrapper.
INPAK SYSTEMS offers a wide variety of other Hops packaging equipment that maybe suitable for your Hops bagging applications.
- For more filling options go to our Open Mouth Bag Filling Section.
- For more closing options go to our Bag Sewing Section.
- For more bag handling options go to our Conveying Section.
- For more palletizing options go to our Palletizing Section.
With over 30 years of experience in the hops bagging industry and representing over 40 manufacturers, INPAK SYSTEMS is in a unique position to recommend the best hops packaging equipment that will satisfy your specific hops bagging needs. Not sure which hops packaging system is best for you?…. contact us.