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Dryin Hops

Hello All,

I have begun picking the hops that are growing at my house. I don’t know what kind, as they were growing there when we moved in. I started drying them in the basement on screens that are resting on chairs with a box fan on low near them. For the first few screens, I turned off the dehumidifier in the basement because I thought it may damage the hops in the drying process. So, I’m wondering, is it a good or bad idea to keep the dehumidifier on? I would assume good, possibly speed up the drying process but not sure. Also, I thought it may be bad off because it may encourage mold.

[quote=“caseysunshineable”]Hello All,

I have begun picking the hops that are growing at my house. I don’t know what kind, as they were growing there when we moved in. I started drying them in the basement on screens that are resting on chairs with a box fan on low near them. For the first few screens, I turned off the dehumidifier in the basement because I thought it may damage the hops in the drying process. So, I’m wondering, is it a good or bad idea to keep the dehumidifier on? I would assume good, possibly speed up the drying process but not sure. Also, I thought it may be bad off because it may encourage mold.[/quote]

The object is to dry the hops so I think that anything that removes moisture from the air would be a good thing.

Perhaps you turned off your humidifier? A dehumidifier would prevent or retard mold growth

I did the same thing in my basement and left my dehumidifier running. The hops were dry to package in 2 days.

Are fans and dehumidifiers the best route to go for drying out hops?

I’ve been wondering about this… Ideas on how to do it, best practices, etc.

[quote=“Shark”]Are fans and dehumidifiers the best route to go for drying out hops?

I’ve been wondering about this… Ideas on how to do it, best practices, etc.[/quote]

I prefer to dry the hops a lot faster than those methods permit. Hops will start composting themselves within a few hours so the sooner you can get them dry, the better. The commercial growers use 135F and blowing air. I use a food dehydrator and have found that 2-3 hours at 120F works great.

+1 for dehydrators. Plus you can use them for so many other cool things like drying out fruit, peppers, and making meat jerky. They are reasonably priced (you can get a decent one for $50). I use this one at home for all my dehydration

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090W ... UTF8&psc=1

contains a number of recipes and seasoning for jerkies.

Thanks for sharing.

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