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Old 05-29-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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T-bag here. So ive got a plan for a hop dryer but was wondering if there was a better way. at harvest time it'll still be pretty damn hot out round 80-90 degrees so i was just going to make frames out of thin wod and staple some screen to it and stack about 8 frames on top of each other, set them out in the car port and put a box fan in front of it. Im up for suggestions or pics/plans of anyone elses hop dryers. thanks.

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Old 05-29-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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I do this but, add a bonnet style hair dryer (bonnet removed) and you'll get the internal temps up near 104 to 110 on the loew setting. With that, I dried a total of 4 pounds within 6 hours.

The hops were packages and in the freezer the day of harvest.

What you've suggested will likely work but it will take a long time. I am just not sure how effective a fan blowing against the box will be. You'd do better to push or pull the air through the hops.

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MY approach is pretty low rent. I take my sliding screen door off my back patio door, and spread the hops out on it. I do the drying in my garage, which is a toasty 110F-120F during the late summer. Seems to do the trick, takes just about 24hrs to completely dry out.

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Keep the frames separated 6-8" for airflow.

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Cheap air filters for furnaces/AC Units.

I propped up an aluminum ladder on each end, layed the filters in the middle. Put the hops on the filter and put a heater and fans underneath. Took about 3 days to dry.

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I dry hops in paper bags or laundry baskets lined with newspaper. Turn the hops everyday until they are dry. Low tech, but it works fine.

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MY approach is pretty low rent. I take my sliding screen door off my back patio door, and spread the hops out on it. I do the drying in my garage, which is a toasty 110F-120F during the late summer. Seems to do the trick, takes just about 24hrs to completely dry out.
I am just a first year grower but if I get any yield this year I have already planned on this approach or something similar. I have the remnants of a screen that my dog ran trough and will just frame it with some scrap wood. Then use a couple saw horses and lay it across with the hops spread out on top then put a box fan below to blow air up from the bottom. All of this while being in a 120* + garage in the summer.
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I think you've got a good idea. ROT is to keep them out of direct sunlight when drying.
This is my cheap-n-easy way of drying. I have a 24" box fan behind the camera in this pic to keep air moving. The spare bedroom gets all the late-day sun and gets very warm.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/k...inook08gf2.jpg

The "HopHammock" is made from a poures sheet used to keep weeds out of your flower/garden beds.

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cool thanks for the ideas ill probably put the frames in the workshop which gets up to 115-120 and ill seperate them slightly.

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