It’s Hop Harvest Time! Use these two simple rules to help determine if it’s time to harvest your hops!
Squeeze the hop cones lightly. If the cones feel dry and papery when squeezed, they are ready. You should also hear a crinkle sound! If they feel damp and heavy when you squeeze them, they aren’t ready to harvest.
If lupulin is present, a yellow substance on the outside of the cone, your cones are ready!
Once your hops are ready to harvest, make sure you choose a dry day without a lot of wind to pick them. Wear gloves to prevent any irritation on your skin that can be caused by the stems and leaves. Dry your hops using a screen before you package them for future use!