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Old 06-11-2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Using a microwave to dry hops

I've been reading The Mad Fermentationist's beer blog (well worth a read if you've not seen it before), and was struck by his use of a microwave to dry his home-grown hops:

http://madfermentationist.blogspot.com/2007/08/drying-hops-in-microwave.html

Anyone ever try this?

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Old 06-11-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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Hmm...looks intersting and i could see how the water gets "sucked" out. I'm not sure if it would affect the flavor or the storage integrity. I'm just gonna go with the food dehydrator or door screen method.

Good find though,

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Old 06-11-2008, 02:10 PM   #3
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Haven't tried hops, but based on other experiences, there is a fine line between dry & toasted.

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Old 06-11-2008, 04:08 PM   #4
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Any process that dries them quickly is going to remove a bit of flavor and aroma. If you live in a place that's warm/dry in the summer, you can just set them out on screens for a couple of days.

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Interesting. I would have thought that the oils (which you want to keep) would be affected more than the water (which you want to get rid of) by the microwaves...I mean, think about how quickly oils and fats get hot in a microwave vs. how long it takes to heat plain water.

I imagine the "seaside" aroma he's talking about has something to do with the hop oils getting "cooked".

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It's best to air dry hops with a fan. Use a dessicant to finish drying.

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Old 06-12-2008, 02:55 AM   #7
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microwave works by exciting water.

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