Sorry I didn't reply back earlier - I wasn't getting emails that people replied.So I used the hops and they turned out fine... the IPA is
aging better each day!
btw, my drying conditions are to spread they out and let them dry with a fan on them... Colorado is super dry and it only takes a couple hours at room temp.
Originally Posted by GVH_Dan
There are various reasons why they turn brown. It could be wind damage...rubbing/friction...but that's usually just on the outside bracts. It could be powdery/downey mildew, which is kind of what this looks like. In that case, throw out those that are over 50% brown or have really nasty looking spots.
It could be from your drying process. What temperature were you drying at? They will also dry with age. So if you were on the backside of the optimal picking time, you can get this.
Basically, you've got the right idea. They smell good and the lupulin looks good...go for it.