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Old 08-31-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default Pelletizing your hops

After picking hops each year I wind up with about 5-6 bags of 3-4 oz each. Even using a vacuum sealer for food, the bags are still taking up too much of our freezer, or so says the wife. Has anyone ever tried to pelletize your homegrown hops? What would it take? Is it more effort than the result?

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Old 08-31-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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I'm definitely gonna wanna know this. Right now I'm thinking some pipe work and a jack for large plugs. I think the little pill-sized pellets would be much harderand would allow more surface area for oxidation.

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Old 08-31-2008, 07:14 PM   #3
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There's a little hop pelletizing tool out there. I don't think it cost too much money. They also had something to make plugs too. I remember stumbling upon it at one time but can't remember where I saw it. I'll post the link if I find it.

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Awesome, please do. I was thinking something simple for plugs but if there is an easy pelletized that would be great for those smaller amounts.

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Old 08-31-2008, 08:33 PM   #5
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I would think making pellets would be hard to do. I was watching youtube once and they were explaining how pellets are made. First they have to shred the hops into tiny little bits and then they use a press with a lot of pressure to make the pellets.

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Hmmm, all the more reason for plugs over pellets in my mind then. I like using the plugs in the heat sealed baggies. I just use what I want and vacuum seal the rest of the small 4 oz package.

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i have built a pipe and press system that i plan on trying out. i am waiting on my harvest to try it but i thing it will work out well. the press im gonna use is a 25 ton press so it should be plenty of pressure to compact them togther. i tried it with 3 hops that i picked and dried and it worked on them great.

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I imagine a standard hydraulic press would work fine if you build the jig for the plug press.

Just keep the press clean! I wouldn't want to boil hydraulic oil with my beer in anyway/shape or form!

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You can probably adapt an aluminum can crusher to make plugs without too much trouble.

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i dont think a can crusher will be able to apply enough pressure. as for keeping it clean on a press im gonna stick a pot under it to keep it clean

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