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Offline cliebaert

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Drying Hops
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:31:57 PM »
If I were to dry my hops in a food dehydrater, how long should I leave them in there?
Any tips would be grateful!
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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 02:08:44 PM »
I've done it that way for years and experimented a lot.  I finally settled on 120F for 2 1/2-3 hours.
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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2013, 09:47:09 PM »
Thank  you
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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 10:11:03 AM »
Anyone try cookie sheets in the oven at the lowest setting with the door cracked?  That's about the only chance I have right now.

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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 10:27:38 AM »
I'm sure the more heat the faster they degrade. Sandwich them between two scrap windowscreens and set up a box fan blowing on them.
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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 11:34:14 AM »
I just lay them out on an old windowscreen in my basement for 4-5 days. I figure a few days before I get them in the freezer (or beer) isn't going to be too harmful.
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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2013, 12:23:14 PM »


I use the window screen and set up a small portable fan at each end, takes about 2 days to fully dry
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Re: Drying Hops
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2013, 01:11:05 PM »
I just lay them out on an old windowscreen in my basement for 4-5 days. I figure a few days before I get them in the freezer (or beer) isn't going to be too harmful.

I thought the same about heat.
I built an oast with just fans and no heat. They dried in about two or three days easily and have fresh smell. It's not a hard project if you have the tools, time, and some basic skills. I happened to have some old PC type 120mm fans lying around too. I made it completely from scratch without any plan and used pine boards, luan ply, chop saw, table saw, wood glue, 16 gauge pin gun, staple gun, and some fiberglass screen. Took me half a day. I have four layers and can make more if needed for next year. My garage smelled pretty dank for a few days.

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