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Old 09-21-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Wet wet hops!!

Well, after uniformly dry weather since early June or so, the unthinkable happened -- a couple big rainstorms came though the day before I'd planned to pick my hops and brew my wet hop ale!

Anybody have any idea how much water weight these guys can absorb from the rain? I'd hate to brew five gallons of wet-hop ale with what turned out to only be three gallons worth of hops...

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:54 AM   #2
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The worst I've seen is 92% moisture content on hops picked in a rainstorm. That's only a bit more than the typical 80%.

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Eh, it's California, the sun came back out and the wind picked up, I pretty much decided not to worry about it.

Glad to know the absolute worst-case scenario is being off by a factor of two, though (8% "hop content", if you will, instead of ~20%); with a few hours of sun and a breezy night, they didn't feel like they'd been rained on, so, I'm hoping the difference was even less than that.

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