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Drying hops
« on: October 15, 2016, 01:41:37 PM »
Generally I air dry my hops in paper bags. I was planning to brew a harvest alle tomorrow and my hops are not completely dry. Anyone have luck drying in the oven? Would love your feedback.
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Re: Drying hops
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2016, 04:19:41 PM »
I would use them as is but adjust the amount up to account for the water in the weight.
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Re: Drying hops
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2016, 04:25:22 PM »
FWIW, I spent years experimenting with different methods and temps for hop drying.  I use a fod dehydrator. I had less than stellar results until I went to Hop and Brew School and found out how the growers do it.  It turns out that hops will start to compost themselves within an hour of picking and you want to dry them as quickl;y as possible.  The growers use 130-135F.  I tried that and it worked like a charm!  Took about 3-6 hours.

So, I'd turn your oven on the lowest temp, then put an oven thermometer in it and turn it off.  When it gets down to about 130, put your hops in.  An hour or 2 should do it.
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Re: Drying hops
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2016, 01:14:04 AM »
Thanks D I'll do that tomorrow so they will be ready for my brew session. I thought about using them wet but last time I did this I thought the beer tasted a little grassy. Could have just been in my head because by the end of the keg I didn't notice it anymore
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