After the hops are harvested two things need to be done: drying them and storing them.
I'd heard about the simple process of laying the fresh hops out on a window screen in a dark room with a fan and that was easy for me.
So I put a spare window screen on a couple of sawhorses in the spare bedroom and spread out the hops on it. I put a tower fan next to the screen to blow across the hop cones:
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
It's hard to know when to harvest but when it seemed right (when the cones are papery) I called upon my assistant brewers, Tristan and Sofia, to help me bring in the harvest.
First I cut down the twines on which the hop vines (called "bines") had grown and then separated the varieties of bines into separate bins. I put them on a large sheet in the family room.
Then we went to work picking the cones off of the bines. It's tedious work and the bines are prickly but Tristan and Sofia were real troopers.