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Old 08-06-2007, 09:54 PM   #11
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Mine are getting close. Perhaps next weekend. Now I gotta figure out how to dry them.

Use the Alton Brown (Good Eats) method of drying things - buy a few 20" x 20" furnace air filters (the zig-zag kind, not the squishy mesh kind). Fill all the crevices with hops, a different variety per filter... stack them up with an empty one on top, lay a box fan onto it, and bungie cord the whole contraption together. Turn on the fan and let run for a day or two... BAM! dry hops, and an awesome smelling house!
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Use the Alton Brown (Good Eats) method of drying things - buy a few 20" x 20" furnace air filters (the zig-zag kind, not the squishy mesh kind). Fill all the crevices with hops, a different variety per filter... stack them up with an empty one on top, lay a box fan onto it, and bungie cord the whole contraption together. Turn on the fan and let run for a day or two... BAM! dry hops, and an awesome smelling house!

that is freaking ingenious! I love stuff like that
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:22 PM   #13
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So how do you get a hops vine going?

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So how do you get a hops vine going?
Buy a few hops rhizomes (root stock) from a home brew supply store or a place like freshops.com
freshops.com also has a good guide to growing hops.

I got four rhizomes this spring from Freshops. 3 of the varieties have a good supply of flowers growing. I not real sure how to tell when they are ripe but it should not be long. I was impressed by how well they grew considering that I didn't really do much besides plant them with some compost and my parents watered them once a week or so.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:48 PM   #15
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Use the Alton Brown (Good Eats) method of drying things - buy a few 20" x 20" furnace air filters (the zig-zag kind, not the squishy mesh kind). Fill all the crevices with hops, a different variety per filter... stack them up with an empty one on top, lay a box fan onto it, and bungie cord the whole contraption together. Turn on the fan and let run for a day or two... BAM! dry hops, and an awesome smelling house!
Frickin awesome! Thanks for a the great tip. It will take me about 15 minutes to do this and that includes the trip to Lowes.
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All this talk about everyone growing their own hops makes me wish i didnt live in florida.

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Old 08-07-2007, 04:32 PM   #17
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Frickin awesome! Thanks for a the great tip. It will take me about 15 minutes to do this and that includes the trip to Lowes.
He's also used the method for drying herbs, and making jerkey. I'm not so sure about jerkey on a furnace filter, but he swears by it.... I believe those are one-time-use-only filters though. The hops/herbs one you can use over and over.
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