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Old 02-28-2008, 01:17 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by oguss0311
Wait- first year hops some times don't get cones?
Not sometimes, most of the time. First year rhizomes use the first year to establish their root system, and if they do put out cones, there won't be very many. It depends on the size of the rhizome and the variety of hop. The bigger the rhizome, the more likely it'll out out some hops. The second year and on from there is when they get going like gangbusters making hop cones.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:12 AM   #12
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Whatever method you choose, I'd advise keeping the temperature as low as you can. Heat increases the loss of many aromatics/etc and in the case of hops I am guessing this probably holds true.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:20 AM   #13
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You could make a pretty cheap and easy humidifier for this with a few window screens, a fan and a sheet of clear plastic. Just use the clear plastic to make a small green house. Spread the hops out on the window screens and use something to hold them up under the plastic. Put the fan on one side of the green house to ventilate it and blow air through and you'll dry them out within a day or so. I plan on setting something like this up. I can take two screens off two of the windows in the front of my house very easily. Just need to find some cheap clear plastic and I'll be all set.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:37 AM   #14
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Rushing a drying may not be the best way to go. For many herbs, allowing a slow dry over 2 weeks allows the chlorophyll to break down into sugars, giving a more complex flavor. Rapid drying causes the "green" chlorophyll flavor to remain, causing a harsher flavor. Using heat can cause volatile oils to evaporate, removing flavor from the herb.
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