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Old 09-11-2008, 11:33 AM   #11
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I used "found materials" - I didn't have to buy anything, so, yeah, frugal. The PVC pipe is 1-1/2" interior diameter, and the clothes rod is nearly that, but not quite. There is in fact a fairly significant gap between the edge of the dowel and the inside of the pipe, which is good, I think. I also took a 1-1/2" hole saw and cut a circle out of 3/4" plywood to act as a "plunger" at the end of the dowel. The pipe is perhaps 2-1/2' long, the dowel maybe a foot longer. I don't line the pipe at all - it's clean enough. I fill the pipe with hops (1 oz requires that I press them down a bit about halfway through, but just enough to give clearance for the rest), then I put the plywood "plunger" in the top, insert the dowel, and press down. I just put my weight into it, and press down and twist a bit, I don't pound or hammer. Before I begin, I lay out a piece of plastic wrap that's big enough. There's no cap on the other end of the pipe, it's just pressed against a plastic table. Then I pick it up carefully, hold it over the plastic wrap, and slowly press it out while holding one finger over it to keep it together. As the plywood plunger comes out, I can grab it with the same hand, so the plug stays together while I lay the pipe/dowel down, then I can use both hands to wrap the plug in plastic wrap. Once that's done, I've then been wrapping them in tinfoil before freezing them in Ziploc bags. That's about it!


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that is cool.

I will try that next year. I may even take a couple of my 2 oz bags this year and give it a try.

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I used "found materials" - I didn't have to buy anything, so, yeah, frugal. The PVC pipe is 1-1/2" interior diameter, and the clothes rod is nearly that, but not quite. There is in fact a fairly significant gap between the edge of the dowel and the inside of the pipe, which is good, I think. I also took a 1-1/2" hole saw and cut a circle out of 3/4" plywood to act as a "plunger" at the end of the dowel. The pipe is perhaps 2-1/2' long, the dowel maybe a foot longer. I don't line the pipe at all - it's clean enough. I fill the pipe with hops (1 oz requires that I press them down a bit about halfway through, but just enough to give clearance for the rest), then I put the plywood "plunger" in the top, insert the dowel, and press down. I just put my weight into it, and press down and twist a bit, I don't pound or hammer. Before I begin, I lay out a piece of plastic wrap that's big enough. There's no cap on the other end of the pipe, it's just pressed against a plastic table. Then I pick it up carefully, hold it over the plastic wrap, and slowly press it out while holding one finger over it to keep it together. As the plywood plunger comes out, I can grab it with the same hand, so the plug stays together while I lay the pipe/dowel down, then I can use both hands to wrap the plug in plastic wrap. Once that's done, I've then been wrapping them in tinfoil before freezing them in Ziploc bags. That's about it!
This sounds like a great way to package a harvest. I am a first year grower and didn't really think about how I would store them until they were in the ground. But this seems what better than buying a food saver or anything like that.

Do you get any freezer burn or anything like that or are they sealed up good enough to prevent anything like that? Oh and if you pic answers my question I appologize, I am at work and can't see it.
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