Harvesting hops drenched in rain?

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)September 15, 2013

My hops were just about ready to harvest when the monsoon hit. I would like advice on harvesting. Should I go ahead and harvest while they are wet and dry them indoors or wait till sunny weather reappears? (Seems quite trivial when peoples' houses and cars are being washed away just a few miles from here)

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MrClint

Hops are flowers not fruit. I'm not sure which forum would be best for your inquiry.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 11:41PM
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windfall_rob(vt4)

It depends on how much you are harvesting and what sort of weather is in the near future.

As fluffy as they are when ripe they could really hold a lot of water on them, that could make drying without mold difficult...you would want a thin layer (1-2cones deep)with a moving air (fan)

If you have a lot of them that turns into a tremendous amount of space, they will dry off faster with no chance of molding on the plant, then you can keep them a bit more piled while curing.
But if they are already ripe/overripe and no decent weather in the near future....I can see the temptation to work with them wet as a last resort.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 7:32AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

windfall_rob,

Thanks. I guess I came to the same conclusion. We had a dry day yesterday and it looks like today will be dry also so I will leave them hang till they are papery again and hopefully not too overripe.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:37AM
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