This is my first year growing hops and I am getting ready to harvest them. Do you wash the hops after you pick them and before you dry them? I did some searches on this forum and couldn't seem to find an answer.
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Instinctively, washing seems like the right thing....but I just recently did a big wash of cascade and they are turning brown/black instead of drying like they should. Probably going to buy a fan at lunch to minimize the damage. Won't do that again....
Washing just adds water to a product you are trying to dry. Don't do it. If you absolutely have to do something, wash down the entire plant while the cones are still on it and then wait a day before you pick. Or pick after a rainstorm.