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?
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?
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.