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Old 09-05-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Cascades hop harvest aroma???

Ok so I harvest my first year cascades. Ended up with about 8 oz wet. They are in the dehydrator now at 95. However they do not smell like cascades. They smell very grassy/herbally. I am wondering if I picked too early? Any advice on the way the smell right after picking?

They started to turn a little pale and slight browning around the edges. The also rebound when compressed and they feel papery to the touch.

How do yours smell after picking???


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Old 09-05-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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Rip one open and then take a whiff. I think you'll notice it smells alot different.


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Old 09-05-2010, 05:40 PM   #3
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Take your finger or thumb and rub it under the petal on the lupin gland. The yellow part. Then smell it.

It is hard to describe the smell, it is a tart type of smell, kind of grapefruity.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #4
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hmm, maybe they are still a little wet. It still just smells like grass or lettuce. Even un-dried are they supposed to be plump full of aroma?!?
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:06 PM   #5
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hmm, maybe they are still a little wet. It still just smells like grass or lettuce. Even un-dried are they supposed to be plump full of aroma?!?
I would suggest posting a photo or two.
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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not to hijack but i have the same problem - wondering wether to take the time to vacuseal or not.
this is from a 3rd year plant and is dried - i don't see much yellow - what do you guys think?
i got 4 full 5 gallon pails wet between cascade and hallertau and they both smell just like grass after drying
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I haven't harvested mine yet, but just today I picked a 1-2 to see how things were going. After ripping them open and a quick rub between my finger I was amazed at the aroma. Even now hours later and multiple hand washing I still get a subtle hint of the cascade aroma.

I look forward to Tuesday .... harvest day!!!!
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I'm no expert, but upon picking mine, my fingers smelled strongly of grapefruity goodness and the aroma was awesome. No grassy smells at all.

If the yellow "glands" are in there, you should smell it. I'd break one apart and rub it over my wrist and see if the smell is better.
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good idea yooper - i just crushed one up and little aroma came out and it tastes bitter when i licked my fingers.
it just seems subdued compared to last year.
there wasn't much rain in the two weeks before harvest- just wondering if lack of water causes smaller 'glands'?
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1st year cascade harvest for me. 2 bines and I got only about 2oz after being dried. While I was picking I got a pretty classic cascade "citrus" scent all over my hands. Crushed a few in my hands after drying and they smell fantastic.

Probably just going to throw them all into a batch of beer and see what happens.

I can't wait till next year.


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