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HOP KILN

Sloping roof

The steep pitched roof was not decorative. Rather, it served a purpose: to encourage a natural rising draft of hot air through the kiln towards a specific point. It was important for air to circulate in such a way because it would draw the moisture upwards and prevent the hops from composting. .

Drying the hops

The picked hops would be spread about six to 12 inches deep across a thin, perforated wooden slatted drying floor that was situated directly above the furnace and covered with a horsehair cloth. This would allow the heat to pass through the hops

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