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Old 09-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Hi all,

A coworker of mine just handed over some homegrown hops to me from his uncle. However, his uncle couldn't remember what type of hops he grew this time around (he grows a lot). Sounds like he was growing cascade or centennial.

I was wondering if you guys might be able to help me decipher based on the photos below? Let me know!

Also, I've never dry hopped before but obviously, I think the timing is perfect to give it a whirl! Any suggestions? I'm an extract brewer so would dry hopping work with a kit or would it throw it off?

Any and all feedback welcome!

P.S. How should I be storing these hops? Right now, I have them in a brown paper grocery bag that's about half full.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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Trying to identify hops is like trying to speak Sanskrit.

Time for a wet hop ale, toss the cones in near the end of the boil and enjoy. I'd go with something close to SN celebration, which is a wet hop ale and quite delicious.

If you want to save them for dry hopping you should dry them prior to storage in the freezer.

They should be used quick, they are fresh wet hops.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Yeah, going to be almost impossible to tell just by looking at them.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:10 PM   #4
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Trying to identify hops is like trying to speak Sanskrit.

Time for a wet hop ale, toss the cones in near the end of the boil and enjoy. I'd go with something close to SN celebration, which is a wet hop ale and quite delicious.

If you want to save them for dry hopping you should dry them prior to storage in the freezer.

They should be used quick, they are fresh wet hops.
OK so, I have probably at least 10oz of these fresh hops. From what I understand, they were literally just picked about 3 days ago.

Should I maybe use some in the next few days to brew and then freeze the rest?

How would I go about drying them out?

Fresh hops are new to me so I appreciate the insight!

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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That bag has leaves and bines in it too, not just cones. You might only have an ounce or so of dried hops there.

It is best to use them quick or dry them.

There's some good threads on hop drying. Search hop dryer. I think Hop dryer tutorial is a sticky in the hops growing section but I'm on mobile so it doesn't show up.
Don't freeze them before drying them. Think frozen tomato...
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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They look like my Centennials. Not Cascade. But who knows.

Typically it's recommended to use freshly-picked wet hops within 48 hours, they deteriorate pretty quickly. So brew today, or freezer, or dry. There are lots of threads on here showing how to dry.

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:05 PM   #7
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They look like my Centennials. Not Cascade. But who knows.

Typically it's recommended to use freshly-picked wet hops within 48 hours, they deteriorate pretty quickly. So brew today, or freezer, or dry. There are lots of threads on here showing how to dry.
So if they were picked about 3 days ago, how do I know if they're fully dried or not? They feel dry to the touch but not too dry I guess.

If its after 48 hours, is it too late to brew with them?

The bag I have is pretty deep and full of cones at the bottom so that's why I was wondering about brewing with half and freezing the rest.

 
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:01 AM   #8
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Use some for the boil and dry the rest for dry hopping. Or just use them all.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:27 AM   #9
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Use some for the boil and dry the rest for dry hopping. Or just use them all.
Yeah I was just thinking that. Pretty sure that's the route I'm gonna go.

I cut off all of the vines and leaves... there's at least 6-7oz of cones. Most of them are pretty dry so I think I should be OK freezing them at this point.

 
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Yeah I was just thinking that. Pretty sure that's the route I'm gonna go.

I cut off all of the vines and leaves... there's at least 6-7oz of cones. Most of them are pretty dry so I think I should be OK freezing them at this point.
No, don't just freeze them. Dry them out by placing on a mesh screen in a warm place until totally dry and then freeze them. Or use them in a batch of beer right away. But don't freeze wet hops!
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