Hops Harvest CompleteFriday, September 21st, 2012
The 2012 hops harvest is complete! Everything is packaged and dried.
The process is to first harvest the hops by hand picking. You can cut the vines down, but this year I decided to leave them up and use a small step ladder to reach the higher cones. My advice is to only harvest one variety at a time and keep track of where each variety is in the picking / drying / packing process.
Then you want to let the hops dry for about 48 hours, until they are no longer moist to the touch. I weighed a few of the samples before and after. There was about a 50% reduction in weight. This runs counter to the advice of using 4-7 times the normal amount when brewing a fresh hop beer…
The false bottom came in handy for the smaller crops:
When they are dry, weigh them out for packaging. One of my recipes calls for 2 oz of Chinook, so I weighed out that amount for that particular bag.
A vacuum sealer is a wonderful tool for this process.
I then label the bag, and put them in the freezer.
The inventory feature at the site helps me keep track of what I have. I wonder if I will ever get around to using that 2010 Willamette??
Here is the breakdown of what I got, and the order harvested in. It seems like Kent Goldings is always latest in the season to harvest.
- Chinook – 10.5 oz
- Hallertau – 10.2 oz (two vines)
- Cascade – 2.2 oz
- Zeus – 2.2 oz
- Fuggle – 2.9 oz
- Magnum – 1.6 oz
- Nugget – 7.7 oz
- Goldings – 5.25 oz
- TOTAL: 42.5 oz = 2.65 pounds, @ $2.00 per ounce retail – about $85 dollars in hops, I’ll take it! You can beat the price of $2/oz if you buy in bulk.
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