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Old 08-13-2009, 12:18 AM   #11
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Wait I thought I read you can dry them in just a few hours?

i'll be putting them on a screen in a greenhouse. 120 degrees or so, I'd guess.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:54 AM   #12
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They will be dry in that heat in two days.

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:57 AM   #13
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I use a homebuilt oast. 1x3's and windowscreen bottoms. Stacked 6 high. For the heat I use a bonnet type hair dryer. On low heat it pushes 110 degree air through the screens and out a 1 Inch diameter vent hole. On high heat, it pushes 140*F.

I am able to fill all 6 screens to 1 or 2 Inches deep and dry the lot on low in 3 days. 24 hours on high.

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:28 PM   #14
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I was gone for two days after harvesting so I put them on a screen in the garage probably around 100-110 degrees with no air movement. When I came back two days later they weighed exactly 20% of what they did wet. Plus, it was all I could do to put them into a bag without them deteriorating in my hand.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:57 PM   #15
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Those of you drying to the point where the stig (stem) snaps or the cone is falling apart are drying too long.

The whole point of drying is to remove enough moisture so the acids and oils don't oxidize and the cone doesn't rot or mold. If you get rid of most of the moisture and then freeze the cones, they will keep 6 months to a year without worry. If you overdry, the lupulin (yellow-gold powder) will fall out and reduce your hops' quality. If you dry with too high of heat (110F or above), you risk vaporizing the oils and loosing some of the flavor.

Set them on a screen in a dry place, garage usually works. Gently blow air across them if possible. In 12 or so hours, you should be ready to freeze them. The cone should open slightly. The stig should be dry but not brittle.

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:09 PM   #16
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Back to the OP's original question about "grassy smell". I harvested a bunch of Chinook cones last weekend and they smelled great - distinctly hop like. After drying on my patio for 4 days in about 90 heat they are completely dried out but now they smell like grass.

Is that OK? Also, my drying area gets son on it all afternoon. I didn't think this would hurt the cones but am I wrong?

Edit: my earlier harvests didn't stay out as long and didn't smell like grass when they were dried. The hop smell isn't as potent as when first picked but still very noticeable.


 
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:01 PM   #17
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Just picked a few Cenennial and Cascade and let them dry. Smelled like grass before, still smell like grass. No real hop aroma to speak of.

Just a first time grower looking for some reassurance...
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:07 PM   #18
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Just got off the phone with Hops Direct and they're aware of the grassy aroma. Mentioned something about baby hops and using a new field to grow the hops (Amarillo). When they sent it off to the lab and New Belgium they reported back with the grassy aroma as well. They said to use them in boil and if steeping (whirlpool) to leave them exposed to the heat a little longer to drive off the grassy aroma. Definitely do not use them for dry-hopping. Said I could sen them back but it would probably cost me half of what I paid for them to ship them back. So I have a butt-load of boiling hops...

 
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:03 PM   #19
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Whoa there chief...you just pulled up a zombie thread from 2009. I'm guessing from your post that you picked the wrong one.

I would be interested in the original thread, if you could post that here.

 
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