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Old 03-30-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default De-hydrator for hops...

So as I now have the buggers in the ground I thought I'd look for a dehydrator.... maybe a sale as we are in a depressed market and the summer isn't here yet for the rush on these things.

What do you use?

What do you think of this?
VegiKILN 8 Tray Food Dehydrator at LivingRight.com



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Old 03-30-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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I just pull the screen off the patio door, lay it on two sawhorses in the garage and set a fan to blowing.


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I just pull the screen off the patio door, lay it on two sawhorses in the garage and set a fan to blowing.
Me too... fan seems to work great if they are nicely spread out.
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Take a 20" box fan, lay a 20"x20" HEPA filter on the output side and put your hops on that and then lay another filter over the top, repeat as necessary and then tape or bungee around two of the edges to hold it in place.

Works wells for beef jerky too.
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Yep, box fan and some "weed control" mesh to make my HopHammock.
In the spare bedroom for 3 days with some turning and it worked out better than the food dehydrator(which I used the first year and sucked).


BTW, place some aluminum foil underneath to catch the luplin that falls during drying. It make a wonderful season for rib eyes!
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Hmm....

Not that I would know ANYTHING about this, but.. that looks very simular to the drying of another plant in the same family. lol
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Hmm....

Not that I would know ANYTHING about this, but.. that looks very simular to the drying of another plant in the same family. lol
I don't drive down that road either, but a "plant in the same family" is very true
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Yep, box fan and some "weed control" mesh to make my HopHammock.
In the spare bedroom for 3 days with some turning and it worked out better than the food dehydrator(which I used the first year and sucked).


BTW, place some aluminum foil underneath to catch the luplin that falls during drying. It make a wonderful season for rib eyes!
I'm a little surprised. I would think a food dehydrator would work best. Why was this method better? I planned on borrowing my 'rents food dehydrator for harvest time but now I might plan differently.
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Perhaps sheer volume... I have 7 bines, 3 cascades... that is ALOT of hops to be putting in a food dehydrater. Sling them in my shop as above is much more efficient.
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I see...in that case I should be fine using the dehydrator, especially the first year with only 2 plants. The dehydrator is pretty large, though. I think it has 6 round trays that are about 14" in diameter.


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