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Old 09-07-2010, 01:32 PM   #41
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Thanks Dan. So the deal on dehydrators is useless for hops.

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:03 PM   #42
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Not useless. Just try to turn it down to as low of a temperature as possible. Some go as low as 95F.

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:18 PM   #43
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The cheapo ones have no temp controller.

 
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:07 PM   #44
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I have had good luck with just a screens set up on saw horses in my garage, minimal air movment , but after 3 days the are dry

 
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:18 PM   #45
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Nice! I came by looking for some drying tips. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:39 AM   #46
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Other tips you can utilize...

- Use a space heater to help raise your temps into the 100-130 degree range. (works great if you live in a hot climate with a garage that isn't well insulated!)
- flip the filters so the side nearest the fan doesn't overdry relative to the opposite end


BTW, this is essentially Alton Brown's method for herb drying applied to hops.
AB's beef jerky drying method I believe.

My hops were almost dry off the vine so just a few days on a screen and they were fine.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:38 AM   #47
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Hi, Nice info Thantos and everyone. I hope to read more on this.
I'll share what has worked for me so far. At harvest time it's still pretty warm here in punxsutawney so
I put them on screens in the basement out of sunlight for like others said about 3 days.
Then I weigh em, shrinkwrap em, and freeze em. I found that if I shrink wrap the hops in individual oz on brew day it's easier to gather what I need for a recipe without leaving half used open bags of hops in my freezer. I might have to build a nice drying rack like Zulu. Nice Rack
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:38 PM   #48
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what's the desired moisture content of dried hops?

 
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #49
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The easy answer is 8%, but that's really the target to hit if you are a commercial outfit trying to pelletize.

From what I have seen, anything under 12% is fine for storage and 20% and above is too wet. So the highest moisture content is somewhere between 12% and 20%. The lowest is about 6%. Below that and the bracts fall off.

 
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:25 PM   #50
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Hmmmm...this makes me want to grow some hops!! I just got hopdirects email today about their hop rhizomes. VERY tempting!! Will keep this in mind for future ref. Thanks.
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