Monday, August 03, 2009

Feelin' hoppy!

Our hops got hit pretty hard with the four hailstorms we had this summer, but one bine managed to get all the way to the top of the support. (hmmm, makes me wonder what will happen in a year with no hail storms...). So, today I lowered the wire with the pulley system, and it worked great. I harvested a fair batch of centennial hops. My hands smelled really good after the harvest! I read up on ways to dry them and what I decided to do was put them on the drying trays from the food dehydrator we got from Nate and Karen, but not to use the dehydrator to dry them. It would likely be too hot, so I laid the drying trays on tops of a small fan and will just dry them with regular air. May take a few days, but I think it will work well. Then I'll freeze them and use them for dry hopping! Yep, feelin' pretty hoppy today!


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Pinolera said...

Awesome! Can not wait to sample a home brew with home grown hops. If that's not a reason to feel hoppy, I don't know what is!

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Shoot, that sucks about the hail... But looks like a good harvest from the survivor! And Centennial will make a nice IPA or Pale Ale, that ought to take some of the sting out of losing the others...

Did the rest produce at all, or just get clobbered? They were doing so well when we came to visit, I can't believe they got knocked out!

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Rick said...

Nate - the other centennial bines had some hops, so overall, not too bad. The Willamette bines were more exposed and they have very few hops.

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