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Old 03-12-2008, 07:11 PM   #11
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:32 PM   #12
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I just wanted to bump this thread up because I'd like to be able to make my own pellet hops. This summer was my first real harvest and it was incredible. The volume I got far exceeds my personal use, and I was ill prepared to harvest them. I'm hoping to be able to cure them in bulk next year and I'd like to process them so I don't need so much freezer space.

I think the thread dealt fairly well with the AA part of the question, but not the pellets. Any new information that anyone has would be appreciated.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:47 PM   #13
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I use a Food Saver to vacuum pack my hops wich helps cut down on the space required for storage but early on I made the mistake of just letting the machine do it's thing. The packs vacuum down into odd shapes that waste a lot of space. Now I press the bag flat as the vacuum is being drawn and the packages are a easy to store flat sheet less than half an inch thick.

 
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:08 AM   #14
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One of the guys around me makes 1 oz plugs with a home made contraption I'll see if I can get more info

 
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:41 AM   #15
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Does anyone know how to make hop plugs or pellets. I would love to build some crazy device to make it happen, any ideas....?

Also, Is there a test to discover the the Alpha Acid content of the hops that I grow?

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It's the same dilly as the thing that used to smash hardwood sawdust into wood pellets.

It's called, suprisingly enough, a pelletizer.

 
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:52 PM   #16
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There was an article in a mag (BYO?) that had a home built plug maker out of a steel tube with removeable end caps, a wood dowel, and a hammer. Put the cap on one end of the pipe (kinda like the pipe booms) put lightly shredded hops in the open end, insert dowel, hammer the chit out of it, put in more hops, repeat. When the plug is big enough, unscrew the end cap and use the dowel to push the plug out.

 
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:14 PM   #17
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What about making a tool to insert into a 20 ton press to make plugs? would there be any problem to really pressing the hell out of them?

 
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:59 AM   #18
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I don't think there'd be a problem with using a 20 ton press. After all, when pellet hops are made it's using a lot of heat and pressure. If you can manage it go right ahead! Take pics and tell us how you made it.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:21 PM   #19
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There are "Pelitizers" out there for making wood pellets (for pellet stoves). They are on the pricey side.

Here are some links:
http://www.woodpelletline.com/pellet-presses.html

http://buy.ecplaza.net/search/1s1nf2...r_machine.html

 
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:09 PM   #20
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I assume you would need to vacuum or inert gas package the plugs to protect them from oxidation just like leaf & pellet hops.

 
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