Once again the centennial hop plant has produced enough of a cone crop to use in a batch of homebrew. Check out the article on the Harvest IPA that I made, for more details on the homebrew batch.
But after all the picking was done, I had 1 lb and 4 ounces of fresh centennial cones to use however I choose. I used 4 oz of fresh hops to add to the secondary fermentor of the Harvest IPA. While the rest of the cones were placed on drying frames in the basement, and left to dry for about three days.
After the three days had passed, what started as 16 ounces of fresh hops became 4 ounces of dried hop cones. Talk about a loss in water weight! And of those four ounces, I divided them up into one ounces packets and vacuum sealed all four of them. And with the cones vacuum sealed, they’ll be sitting in the kegerator until I brew up another batch of beer in 2012.
5 comments on “Hop Harvest and Drying Process 2011”
Block and Tackle would make it infinitely easier to harvest, it would seem.
More like it was being held up by the roof of the garage next door.
That is correct.
The Centennial destroyed one leg of the tripod trellis. It probably didn’t help that the EMT conduct was only the 1/2” kind. I’m debating whether to make a new tripod out of 3/4” EMT or to set up a block and tackle from one of the tree branches close to the hops. I’m really on the fence about this.
Yeah, it looks like it’s held up by the utility electrical supply wires. Good to see an update again!
Am I seeing the photos correctly, the Centennial destroyed your tripod trellis system?