Almost time for the hop harvestMonday, August 17th, 2009
It is almost that time of year – the hops harvest! For us, Centennial, Mt. Hood and Hallertau are almost ready. Nugget is not yet ready.
Harvesting and storing hops:
- It is time to pick when the petals on the cones just start fading to brown.
- The vines can be cut down to the base and composted. Vines can also be buried to propagate the plant for next year.
- The cones must be dried before packaging. Make sure not to mix up the varieties. A low budget solution is to setup a drying rack made from an old screen and saw horses. Leave them from 2 days in a protected area like the garage. A food dehydrator works too, and much faster.
- When dry and ready for packaging, the cones will open up some.
- Then it is time to vacuum seal. Store the sealed bags, labeled, in a freezer, where they will keep for years.