Using fresh hops?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Timmush, Aug 29, 2012.

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  1. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (291) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    I am ready to harvest the little amount of hops I was able to grow this year and I never used anything other than pellets in my homebrew. and, as usual I have a few questions.
    I am just going to use the Cascades I grew at 15 minutes and flame out.
    Should I dry out the hops on a screen for a few days and then throw them in the boil, or just brew the day I pick them and put them in 'right off the bine" , either way would be do-able for me, just not sure if I should dry them first.
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  2. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (679) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Either way is fine, but if you use them fresh it will take 4-5 times as much by weight because of all the water in fresh hops.
  3. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,386) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Also, although I don't grow hops and have never used wet hops, I have heard many times that if you're going to use them wet (i.e. fresh), use them right away. Otherwise they will (if not dried properly) deteriorate rapidly.
  4. jmich24

    jmich24 Zealot (553) Jan 28, 2010 Michigan

    You should still bitter with pellets. Using wet hops should be used 5 to 1. If you dont have enough hops from your harvest consider and 3 gallon recipe.

    One of my centennial plants was ready to harvest before the other 8 plants. I only got 6 oz wet from it so I brewed a 3 gallon centennial blonde ale (homebrewtalk recipe). Looking forward in the next week or two and big harvest to brew a Wet IPA.

    Good Luck
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