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Old 08-03-2010, 11:21 PM   #1
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i picked my first year cascades today. im hoping for a half ounce dried, we'll see. anyways, the way im drying them is i laid a window screen flat, dumped the hops out, spread them out, then put another window screen on top to hold them in place. I set this on some chairs, and laid a box fan underneath of it. i think this will work fine for drying hops, i just dont know if where im doing it is ideal. This is currently setup in my bathroom. its about 72-73 degrees in the bathroom. will this be ok? i dont really know of a better place i can do it, but am up for suggestions. also, about how many days will it take for them to dry? the fan is currently on low.



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I put my first year hops (last year) in the oven at 150F overnight. They were pretty dry after that. I'm gonna have way too much to do that this year, so I'm thinking of building a drying rack using 2x4s and some wire garden fencing. I'm thinking about leaving them in the shed, or the garage, both of which get into the high 90s during the day. I'm not sure how long to leave them there, so I'll have to check them often.

The fan idea is a good one, I may have to steal that...



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If your bathroom is humid (mine is), that might not be the best place. A dry garage, attic, bedroom, etc, would probably be better. I dry mine in my upstairs- I have a 5 bedroom house but my kids are grown up so I have two "hop drying rooms" in the upstairs in the fall. I spread them out over netting that's hung through the room and leave the windows open and a fan and they are dry in three days.

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i have them drying in the guest bathroom currently that doesnt really get any use. we have the AC on, so no windows are open in the house right now. its incredibly humid outside, so when i come inside i dont feel like its humid at all. i have the vent turned off in the bathroom now. i was hoping that would keep things a little warmer in there. I also have the bathroom fan on. think this will be an OK setup?

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Do you have a gas, or electric oven? Here's what I did to dry mine: I used aluminum foil to make a tray - I made two. I spread the hops on the foil so they weren't on top of each other, and put them in the 150F oven. The next day, maybe 36 hours or less after putting them in, I took them out. They were almost crumbly, but mostly held together. I then packed them in vacuum bags and put them in the freezer.

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Last year I used a food dehydrator on low (95) for about 12 hours. They were plenty dry.
Mid 70s is going to take a while. If you have a garage that gets into the 80s or 90s that would be better.

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Central A/C really dries out the air, so all I would add to the your approach is turning the house fan on to circulate more air through the bathroom. Lower temperatures retain more of the light oils. There's a specialty hop provider in the area that dries at 110F vs 140F. The difference is noticable.

2-3 days should do the trick.

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Last year I used a food dehydrator on low (95) for about 12 hours. They were plenty dry.
Mid 70s is going to take a while. If you have a garage that gets into the 80s or 90s that would be better.
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Garage, attic, shed, a very dry area of the house (you do realize your whole house is gonna smell like hops for quite a while, right?

I have done what uechikid has done although my dehydrator seemed to take around 18-20 hrs. Crop gonna be too big this year though
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24hrs in the garage at about 85F when it's dry, humid like right now takes alot longer, 3 days so far. If I had any more, I'd be rigging up a kiln of some sort.

Edit: just had a thought though, how about a solar dryer with screen on the bottom and aluminum foil (or some other tin) on top, set in the sun. as long as you keep them in shade with some ventilation room, they should be fine.

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Garage, attic, shed, a very dry area of the house (you do realize your whole house is gonna smell like hops for quite a while, right?

I have done what uechikid has done although my dehydrator seemed to take around 18-20 hrs. Crop gonna be too big this year though
I know what you mean. I have 10 trays. I don't think that's going to be enough. I'll have to dry in stages.


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