harvesting hops

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  1. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    as i posted once before, i have hops. i never did anything with it before. i harvested some today and was wondering if there would be someone with some experience to let me know if i picked it at the right time or if i waited too long. it is still green but i just get the feeling i missed it by a week.
     
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  3. MELOC

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    thanks...they are open and still green so i guess they are ok.
     
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    We used to make Beer and now we don't make it, and don't drink Beer, or any hard drinks.

    Is there anything else we can use our lush Hops for? They are 2' wide and 10' vertical and 10' horizontal. We have had them three years and each year they just get bigger and prettier.

    Or, should we just start drinking again? Only kidding, don't want to do that right now.

    Thanks,

    Alex
     
  5. MELOC

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    you could sell them alex. or you could be like uncle jessie duke and brew a batch for medicinal purposes, lol. it would be good to have one now and again for the health of it or as a treat with a hearty dinner or new years eve. it could also be used in cooking where the alcohol is cooked away...like a shrimp boil.
     
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    How do you make Beer without alcohol?

    Alex
     
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    i wonder if you could freeze it and pour off the alcohol?
     
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    Paranoid Homebrewed Happiness

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    where can i buy aromatic hops seeds?
     
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    i'm guessing this might work:

    heat 90% of the mixture to 176 degrees to remove the alcohol, it should be legal if you are not collecting the vapors.

    add 1 tsp sugar to each serving size bottle and a bit of your original yeast containing beer mixture to the bottle and cap tightly, it should get going again and carbonate the mixture.

    it'll have alcohol of course, but a totally negligible amount.



    or maybe look into getting a carbonating unit for sodas, heat the alcohol off and carbonate it like a coca cola?
     
  10. Tabitha

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    you can make a hop pillow, it is supposed to calm you and help you sleep. Hops is a natural sedative.
     
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    Theres a company that makes dealcoholized wine, sold by brand name Ariel. They use a filtration system to do so on a large scale.

    Somebody out there makes their filters for them, so you should be able to buy the right kind of filter from whoever makes filters for Ariel. You might send Ariel a letter and ask them if they can recommend what to do, and if it is intellectual property for them, ask if they'll license you for $1 if you promise not to sell anything you de-alcoholize using their method and stay below a certain target production level--basically, if you only do it for home use.

    This would avoid the issue of changing the flavor with heating.
     
  12. Alex

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    And MELOC,

    Thanks for letting me get away with using your thread. You got your answer so, I just didn't let it go to waste, right?

    Thanks for the ideas.

    Alex
     
  13. MELOC

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    lol, no problemo alex. i have no real idea what i am going to do with my hops so you helped me really. :)