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Old 08-09-2008, 02:27 AM   #1
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My Cascade hops seem to be about ready to pick. Most cones have been full size for some time and they are starting to turn color. I picked a pie tin full and I'm going to dry them in the oven just to see the moisture content.

These are my Centennial, not quite as far along as the Cascade, but close.
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Here's the pie tin in the oven
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Old 08-09-2008, 02:36 AM   #2
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Looks awesome. How'd you dry them in the oven? How long & hot hot, I was considering using my food dehydrator on the lowest setting, I heard high temps start to degrade the delicious hop flavor.

Awesome looking hop growing network too. I should've done that.

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They're drying right now. I have the oven as low as it will go ~ 200º f. The kitchen is a mixed smell of citrus (Cascades) and curry (Dinner). Those pics are only a half hour old.

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Looks like my wet weight is about 4 times the dry weight. The hops weighted 44 g before and 12 g after. That whole pan was less than a half ounce dry! Considering that some of those hops were on the dry side to begin with, I think 4x the normal dry weight for whole hops will be good if I use the fresh, undried ones.

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Dang hard to believe that's only 12 grams. But then again it's always amazing to see how much vacuum sealed whole hops soak up wort.

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These are my Centennial, not quite as far along as the Cascade, but close.
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ZOMFG, how did you train them to look so perfect??? That alone looks fabulous!
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I just ran twine up to the roof and then over the patio. The twine over the patio was too flat for them to climb, so I was daily straightening them out. I didn't really need to do anything once I got them going up verticals, though.

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Here's a pic from about 2 months ago when they were just starting to flower. Basically when the bine grew about a foot, i started training it up a piece of twine. Once it got going, I didn't really have to do much until it reached the roof. Next year I'm trying a taller solution.

2 Willamette on left, 2 Cascade on right
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Wow. Those hops look great. I can't believe you have so much growth from planting in pots. What year are your plants?

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nice, we just cut back our cascade as well, it still has some growing to do, tho!

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