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Discussion in 'Brewing Photos & Videos' started by Hops Gardener, Aug 9, 2012.
My Chinook hops are getting BIG and boy do they smell amazing. Can't wait to brew with these! Should get 6-8oz from this second year plant.
Mine aren't quite as far, or nearly as healthy looking (5th story balcony is not ideal for hops), but they are getting there...
Here's my Tettnanger from 4 days ago and today:
Unfortunately, it isn't looking like my Northern Brewer will produce much this year.
Question for you hop farmers. I got a source for some fresh hops when they are ready. More than I can brew with in one batch. Can I freeze them wet, or must they be dried first. This isn't for long term storage, just for a couple of weeks. Also do I assume the same level of flavor/ bitterness from wet that I am familiar with in the dry?
Fresh (wet) hops need to be used in a much higher weight ratio than normal. I have read as high as 4-7 times:
I would dry them, vacuum seal, and then freeze.
I froze my hops last year, and wasn't particularly thrilled when I finally got around to putting them in a brew (a few months later). Thawed out, they pretty much looked and smelled like cut grass. :?
I used them anyway, and the beer turned out okay, but it was such a small amount that I am not sure they were even really noticable.
This year, they are going straight from the vine into the (late) boil. :mrgreen:
Thanks for the info. I got a pound each of Cascade, Northern brewer, Magnum , and Nugget coming whenever they are ready. I guess I'll have to dry them. I didn't think about the weight difference with the extra moisture. Should I dry them all, and then figure a recipe, or attempt a "wet" brew. Is there any noticeable difference in the final beer?
Fresh hop beers are awesome!
However... if you decide to save some for later, I would dry them on a screen before packaging. Normally when you order in bulk they are pre-dried, vacuum sealed, and ready to be frozen. That is, unless you specifically ordered the fresh hop versions.
This post has a picture of an easy setup for drying hops:
http://www.brewersfriend.com/2009/09/29 ... uidelines/