My buddy works at a community garden, and they have a fence full of Cascade ready for the picking. He estimates a few pounds of hops are on the fence.

What has to happen between him picking them off the vine, and me putting them into my boil? How do we get the hops ready for brewing?

I think I'm going to do a Pale Ale with the one hop, a la https://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/1390/hop-schedule-for-single-hop-ale-brewing

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You can use them fresh or you can use them dry. The easiest way to dry them is to lay them out on a screen in a warm attic. Getting some air circulation is even better though. So you can stack them on some window screens (cleaned first for grim) over a box fan on low and pull air through them.

Those are my ideas.

  • The box fan method is what I plan to do with my harvest. But instead of window screens, use paper furnace air filters, a la Alton Brown. youtube.com/watch?v=dfI0NKl-Kq0 I've used his method for jerky and it works great!
    – JackSmith
    Jul 13, 2010 at 13:02

I brewed a freshhop IPA last year in which I piked the hops and 10 minutes later they were in my brew kettle. Freshop ales have a slightly different character than ales brewed otherwise-- they're a bit more resinous sometimes, but are really nice and have a great hop character. You have to use more hops by weight though-- the extra water throws off measurements. Still, brewing a freshop is highly recommended.

Otherwise, I'm planning on using a food dehydrator this year with the hops leftover after brewing another freshop... that is, unless I read something here that sounds like a better plan.

My measurements for a freshop aren't the most scientific... I used this many (see photo) for the flavor hop addition (20 minutes in the boil) and then a few more handfuls in addition to a healthy dose of purchased hops for bittering and aroma. The rest were simcoe and amarillo that I purchased. alt text
(source: iluminada.com)

  • Note "that many" was for a 10gal batch.
    – Juanote
    Jul 13, 2010 at 3:55
  • That is a beautiful picture. Looks like a smartphone wallpaper if ever I saw one.
    – JackSmith
    Jul 13, 2010 at 15:26

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