Can someone tell me what the rough bulk density of fresh-picked hops is? I'm looking forward to my first harvest and noodling around with drying set-ups.
I recently stumbled upon some good resources from the University of Vermont on this subject.
Hops should be picked when they have 20-25% dry matter (75-80% moisture) and then dried to 88-92% dry matter (8-12% moisture) for long term storage.
To address the actual question, a gallon of fresh picked cones from my Chinook, Centennial and Cascades plants has been averaging 14 ounces weight...
So... entering 14oz into the calculator, yields about 3.425oz target dry weight for day_tripprs gallon of hops.
If it's lower, either the hops were over dried - or - picked too soon.