When Should I Harvest Hops?

Question:

Could you tell me when I should harvest some hops I have grown and what I can do with them to turn them into beer. I grew these and forgot to find out what I need to do next!

Answer:

Hops are ready to harvest when the cones feel dry to the touch.  If they still feel damp or hold moisture, it’s still too early to start picking them.

Once you have harvested, next step is to completely get the remaining moisture out so they’re ready for brewing.  I would suggest using a food dehydrator as it’s the most consistent way of getting as close to 10% moisture content as possible. There are other methods, but you may not get the same consistency in all of your hops which may affect your beer.

Remember to use the lowest setting possible if you do use the dehydrator.