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Old 07-20-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried vacuum sealing and freezing wet hops? Any reasons not to do this? Seems like if you don't need to worry about shipping the hops it may not be worth the effort to dry them.

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This was discussed a while ago as viable and a practice that VC of Russian River applies successfully. So, then I guess the question becomes how well do they fare after the freeze.

IIRC, the discussion was that the hops do need to be portioned properly as defrosting them turn them to hop mush whereas, proper portions can be pitched in the hot wort without the need to defrost.

And then, there is also the consideration that the non-dried hops may take a bit more storage space. IIRC, they do not compress as well as the dried hops do.

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What is the equivalence of wet hops to dry hops?

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From what I've read, it varies. However, the rule of thumb is to use 5 times as much wet hops as dry.

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From what I've read, it varies. However, the rule of thumb is to use 5 times as much wet hops as dry.

As I understand it; its the other way around. So you would use 1/5 the amount of wet hops. I could be wrong though
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As I understand it; its the other way around. So you would use 1/5 the amount of wet hops. I could be wrong though

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5 to 8 times as much as you would the dried versions to compensate for the water weight of which ~80% is removed through the drying process.

Taste varies tho' and it also depends on the hop varietal so, there is nor hard and fast rule. Some prefer to use less than 5 times, some more than 8.

A lot of this depends on the taste threshold of the chloropyll in the hop itself which will impart that "grassy" aspect.
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ok, ok ...I knew that was wrong. Seems much easier to just dry them out...

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could you dry them with a food dehydrator? or does that make too much heat?

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could you dry them with a food dehydrator? or does that make too much heat?
You can but, the dehydrator will end up coated in resins and it'll take forever to dry the bulk down unless you have a huge dehydrator.

the easiest way by far is window screens and a fan.
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Won't freezing tend to dehydrate the hops? I can imagine ice forming in the bag. I suppose that would change the amount you want to add to the brew unless you put the ice in also.

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