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Old 04-15-2010, 04:25 PM   #31
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3 days on the drying racks, no forced air at this stage

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Old 04-15-2010, 04:29 PM   #32
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Nice pic, Zulu. Do you only air-dry without forced air?

I am likely to build something like this in the fall of this year and plan to enclose the sides and force hot air through with a space heater and a squirrel cage blower from a furnace...

 
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:33 PM   #33
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It is a steel 20ft container standing in full sun at edge of the hops field.

Only power I have is 30ft away 3 phase, so not bothered to fix anything in way of fans yet, and it worked fine last year - 2 -3 days max.

As we are a small co-op of brew club members, getting guys out to vacuum bag 3 days after picking is a challenge, but kinda worked last year - we tried picking on Wednesday/Thursday and bagged on Sat
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:22 PM   #34
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Yeah, the fan-based drying has it's drawbacks as well since you have to keep rotating the screens and mixing the hops in order to get a consistent dry. 2-3 days is pretty good! Maybe I will skip the dryer this year and see how it goes... we shall see how much time I have on my hands this fall.

 
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:25 PM   #35
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With door closed temp gets up to 120-140deg in full sun, so I think that is why it works so well. Dark and hot with plenty of space, we are only using about 1/8 of it at present for hops, rest is our storage for tools etc
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:54 AM   #36
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the filter idea was pretty nifty..
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:24 PM   #37
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What do you guys do about humidity in these closed door environments?

 
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:25 PM   #38
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You ever get any fiberglass fragments from those filters?

I use a couple of old screens when I dry mine-hose the screens off (dust), cover with fresh hops. Then lay them across the open rafters in my garage for a few days.
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:48 PM   #39
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Do conventional dehydrators create too much heat?

I know that POT deteriorates under too much heat.

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:19 AM   #40
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alpha acids deteriorate above 140F. Most oils start to evaporate above 100 F, one as low as 79F. Keep it as cool as possible.

 
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