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Old 07-10-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
gkeusch
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Can someone tell me what the rough bulk density of fresh-picked hops is? I'm looking forward to my first harvest and noodling around with drying set-ups.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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I recently stumbled upon some good resources from the University of Vermont on this subject.

Hops should be picked when they have 20-25% dry matter (75-80% moisture) and then dried to 88-92% dry matter (8-12% moisture) for long term storage.

Details: http://blog.uvm.edu/hoppenin/2012/08...est-readiness/
Calculator: http://www.uvm.edu/extension/agricul...=hopscalc.html
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfUYX...ature=youtu.be

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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To address the actual question, a gallon of fresh picked cones from my Chinook, Centennial and Cascades plants has been averaging 14 ounces weight...

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:59 PM   #4
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So... entering 14oz into the calculator, yields about 3.425oz target dry weight for day_tripprs gallon of hops.

If it's lower, either the hops were over dried - or - picked too soon.

 
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by day_trippr View Post
To address the actual question, a gallon of fresh picked cones from my Chinook, Centennial and Cascades plants has been averaging 14 ounces weight...

Cheers!
That's just what I needed, thanks!

 
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