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Old 08-25-2014, 10:37 PM   #11
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You definitely want to use a down-draft system if you have the option, it's much less likely to bounce the cones around when they get close to dry.

I finally got around to revising my totally rudimentary system into something that works stunningly well. I put almost six pounds of Centennial in there late Saturday afternoon (could easily handle twice that) and they're nearly done already, with the fans at their lowest speed the whole way. I'm sure it could scale vertically by at least a factor of two before air resistance might matter.

I stuck a post about it here. Some serendipity involved, the house screens were big enough to use a pair of 20" box fans...

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Old 08-26-2014, 03:29 AM   #12
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I am currently set up to push air up. I have settings on the fan on low, and it worked great. I rotated the boxes so that each section had about 8 hrs of contact time closest to the fan.

I could just as easily set it up to push air down through the oast and dry that way as well. I may try that for my Zeus and Nugget harvest this is weekend.

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Old 08-26-2014, 05:17 AM   #13
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Thanks to both. Going to get some panels and screen tomorrow for a quick build. Checked the Centennials and Willamettes and they're ready for harvest.

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Thanks to both. Going to get some panels and screen tomorrow for a quick build. Checked the Centennials and Willamettes and they're ready for harvest.
I recommend a Brad nailer. It made the project fly by once all the panels were cut.
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I recommend a Brad nailer. It made the project fly by once all the panels were cut.
I plan on it. Should be able to get it knocked out out in a few hours tonight. I'll post a final pic when it's done.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:09 PM   #16
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Got a late start after getting materials and grilling Dinner. Here's mine.

Parts cut
Lou's Oast 1.JPG

Corners nailed
Lou's Oast 2.JPG

Top drilled out
Lou's Oast 3.JPG

Trying a filter on top to keep the saw dust out so I can use my shop while they are drying.
Lou's Oast 4.JPG
Lou's Oast 5.JPG

Filling her up tonight.

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That's one fine oast!

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Thanks thaymond! Your's was the inpiration. Here it is filled and I added an additional tray just for the fan last night. I also cut a bigger hole in the bottom, moves air really well now.

Last nights haul of Cascades (6.5 lbs fresh) and the final project.

File Type: jpg Cascades 1.jpg (232.5 KB, 185 views)
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:49 AM   #19
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Those are some good looking cascades. Mine came out small and ball-like. My Chinook came out looking good like Chinook should, Zeus smelled Fragrant and overwhelmed the garage (can't wait to brew with it) and Nugget was... Well... Nuggety. Nice work on your oast. One thing I found out that was in anticipated was the heft. It's a bit of a pain in the keiseter to move boxes around. There's a few new ideas I've had to make it better, so as I complete those (in between work, 4 masters classes, and wife and kids...) I'll keep on updating.

By the way, it slipped my mind (and fingertips apparently) to mention the website that inspired my build. It has step by step instructions as well, and I followed much of this design. Enjoy!

http://m.instructables.com/id/Hop-drying-oast/

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Old 10-14-2014, 02:23 PM   #20
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I reversed the draft to pull air through the hops as opposed to pushing air through. Either way I was able to dry within 20% of the original weights of my hops. Each took roughly the same amount of time, so I can't recommend one over the other. Now I have a freezer full of hops that I have to begin brewing with. I figure I have a year to nail down recipes for these combinations of hops.

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