If you already froze them wet, it may be too late. They'll turn to mush.
Yes. My understanding is you have to pick them and either dry them or use them within 24 hours wet. Freezing them is not advised.
I froze them for about 16 hours and then brought them out and laid flat for three days drying.
They were very brown by the time they were dry, i would say a brown hop for every green hop. Still had a hop smell, and yellow at the base of the petals. Think I'll just scrap this batch and see if i can pick more.
I'm not asking Freud, but does size matter? I picked a lot of the larger hops last time. But the vine had lots more smaller hops on it.
I think as long as I look for the yellow base and stickiness of the base they should be good hops. Yet i still need to ask, does size matter?
the smaller cones could be less mature so they would have a less strong flavor. They might just be slightly more stressed so they might actually have a more strong flavor.
The larger cones, if older, might have been oxidized slightly more on the bine which might either make them smell/taste better or smell/taste worse.
so I guess the answer is a definite maybe.