I have what must be several ounces of Chinooks that I intended to harvest, but a cold snap beat me to the weekend, and the bines and the cones on them all turned brown. Is there any use for these cones, besides improving the smell of the trash can? I understand Belgian brewers like to use aged hops; could these brown cones be used for brewing a quasi-Belgian beer? I know, Chinooks are not the quintessential hops for Belgian beers, but they would just be the bittering hops anyway. They still smell like Chinooks, without the garlic or cheese smells I read about, thought without the grassy character of fresh green hops.
I searched, and could not find an answer to whether there is a value in harvesting these now, or if I should just write them off as a lesson learned.