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Old 09-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default Can't Brew/Drink, Alternative Use For My Hops This Year

Because of health issues, I can't drink beer right now but want to put my hops which are getting ripe to good use. I've read about putting them in a muslim bag under your pillow as a sleep aid. Has anyone on here done this? I've got muslim bags but have never harvested and utilized the hops I've grown before. Do I need to dry them for a certain amount of time? How do I store them long-term, can they be put in the freezer? Thanks for the help/suggestions!

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Old 09-11-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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psst... That's a muslin bag, not "muslim"... Don't want your hops going all jihad on you while you're sleeping, do you??

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Use just a normal pillow case. The scent will still come through well, but you won't get little bits of dried hop dust all over.

Stuff a normal cotton pillowcase very very full and sew it shut, and enjoy.

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Old 09-11-2011, 08:47 PM   #4
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dry the hops, and put them in food saver bag and vacuum seal them

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Old 09-11-2011, 08:50 PM   #5
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Make hop candy, freeze them, or donate them to a buddy.

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Old 09-11-2011, 08:59 PM   #6
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dry the hops, and put them in food saver bag and vacuum seal them

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How long do they have to dry upon being harvested?
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You mentioned no drinking - how bout smokin'? I saw a guy that was rolling custom cigars infused with hops and he sure wasn't givin' them away! Met another lady making scented candles - her husband was cutting beer bottles in half and she filled 'em with hop scented soywax- used the top half as a snuffer to boot! Another guy was making "hop soap"! Some people leave them on the bine and make decorative scented wreathes out of them. Personally I am waiting on DR Scholl's to come out with hop scented shoe inserts! Gone plumb crazy . . .

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:11 PM   #8
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No, I can't smoke either. I just harvested my first-year Fuggles and have them spread out on a door screen suspended by two sawhorses in my toolshed. They were already pretty brown and starting to flake apart. How long do you guys suggest I leave them dry?

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If the core of the cone feels wet compared to the dry edges of the cone, it's not dry. When the entire cone feels uniformly dry, it's dry.

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If you vacuum seal them and put them in the freezer, they will stay good for a LONG time.

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