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|CAUTION NOTE: TOXIC consequences as especially noted in hops pickers are fever, sleeplessness, excitability, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, feeling of heaviness, no appetite. NEVER use in cases where depression is indicated as hops would further depress the highest nervous functions. Also - the plants can cause contact dermatitis in susceptible persons.|
9 Feb 2006|
The following is from an email I received from a brewer who knows his hops and appears here with his permission. Thank you, Mr. De Piro.
"Hops that have turned at all brown are well past their prime. They should be harvested in late August/early September while still green and moist. When rubbed between the palms they should be sticky and pungent, the exact fragrance dependent upon variety, but many smell citrusy or pine-like. They should not smell in the least bit cheesy.
The best way for the home grower to preserve hops is to dry them immediately upon harvest and store in mylar bags under an inert atmosphere in a freezer. Oxygen and heat are very damaging to them. The dry hops will still be green, and will still smell much like freshly-picked hops.
I have always been appalled at the poor condition of hops found in health food stores; they are invariably stored in the open air at room temperature, and are brown, brittle and cheesy. They are often ridiculously expensive, too. People should know that fresh hops can be obtained at homebrew shops for about $8 per pound. Breweries pay far less. George de Piro
Brewmaster, C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, NY, USA 12207
www.EvansAle.com Brewers of Kick-Ass Brown: Twice declared the Best American Brown Ale in the USA at the Great American Beer Festival (2000 & 2002)!"