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  • Partner in Gorst Valley Hops. I'm the design engineer. Can't tell you much about growing, but I can answer anything from harvest to brew kettle.
  • Growing hops,drinking beer and curling. Not always in that order,though.
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  • Posted in thread: I'm grinding them up now, will it help? on 08-31-2015 at 02:18 PM
    Having done this, I'm with Yooper. Once you grind them, you are breaking the lupulin sacks and
    the oxidation process occurs pretty rapidly. Within a day, you can smell something is
    wrong.grinding and ...

  • Posted in thread: Drying hops in oven??? 170 to hot? on 08-28-2015 at 04:45 PM
    yes. You lose alpha acids at 140, oils at 100F or less. At 170, essentially you will be baking
    them and they will start to turn straw yellow.Spread them out on a window screen or similar and
    let them ...

  • Posted in thread: Preserving Hops Clusters on 08-28-2015 at 01:58 PM
    You mean sort of like this: seems to be the thing to do over in parts of England. I'm not
    sure exactly how but you would have to dry it pretty quickly. If you leave the cones attached,
    the bine tend...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-27-2015 at 05:15 PM
    Some of those centennials look a bit brown. Was this due to the dryer or how they came off the
    bines. Any concern when they get to that stage?Some where a little brown at the start from
    heavy wind dam...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-27-2015 at 05:13 PM
    Wow, that's incredible. I can't believe you're able to get any airflow through a layer of hops
    that thick.Like I said, its prototype 7.0. Before this there was versions 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2,
    2.3, etc. I...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-27-2015 at 02:48 PM
    Yep. Those doors are 2 feet and the pile goes a bit above that. I would like to push it to
    almost 4 feet for testing but I'm not sure our picker/picking crew can get there, at least not
    this late in t...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-26-2015 at 02:14 PM
    Here you all go. GVH Dryer prototype number 7.0.The first picture is the drying bed only. The
    fan section has not been attached at this point. Load out doors are open to show a bed suitable
    for right ...

  • Posted in thread: Hop drying question. on 08-26-2015 at 01:56 PM
    Like Bob said, they probably weren't dry. When you put them in the bag, it gave them time to
    equalize the moisture. Next time, leave them on the screen for at least a week and then either
    freeze them ...

  • Posted in thread: Still Use Cones with Downy Mildew? on 08-26-2015 at 01:39 AM
    There is a color grading system out there but I didn't find anything onlinewith a 3 second
    search. I'll look more but those don't look bad.

  • Posted in thread: Still Use Cones with Downy Mildew? on 08-25-2015 at 07:39 PM
    The alpha acids (bitter) comes from the lupulin. The flavor (oils and such) comes from the
    lupulin and the leaves.Can you use them? Sure, but not if there is significant amounts. Some of
    the farms in ...


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