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Old 08-28-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Hops Dry time, how long is too long

I picked some of my hops and laid them in the kitchen table to dry like I do every year. Normaly they dry over night with the help of a fan. BUt this year we got a surprise rain storm and humidity spiked, it took almost 4 days to dry!

Do you think these hops are a lost cause? Or should i throw them in the boil today?

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:45 AM   #2
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If you're not using a heat source you can just let them sit for at least a month. A few years back I had a marginal amount (about an ounce of dried Mt. Hood, I think), in a little drying tray I made. They were rigged up to sit such that the exhaust from my dehumidifier was blowing on them and I forgot about them. About a month later, I wanted to dry hop a beer and headed over to the part of the cellar where my hop freezer and the dehumidifier were located. For some reason I happened to look over at them and decided to grab a handful and see what they were like. After a quick rub~n~sniff, in the keg they went. First time I ever dry hopped with Mt. Hood and will do it again (if they ever produce - not a happy variety at the B-Hoppy compound). The aroma was wonderful. I will say though that that part of the cellar is pretty dark and the temp usually never goes above 70 degrees. All in all, I'd say you're good to go!

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Double what b-hoppy said. you are fine. I've had a couple of batches that took 8 to 10 days to finally dry (it was raining) without any problems. As long as you get their moisture down less than 20%, you have plenty of time.

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Thanks thats awesome to know. I'm glad to know that my chinooks wont go to waste!

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