TR0558 : Working Oast House on South Street, Boughton-under-Blean, Kent

taken 8 years ago, near to Oversland, Kent, Great Britain

Working Oast House on South Street, Boughton-under-Blean, Kent
Working Oast House on South Street, Boughton-under-Blean, Kent
The 20th century six kilned (4 square and 2 internal) oast house is still operating.

40 acres of hops are dried here over 4 weeks each year. The hops come from three different growers.

The bags of hops seen waiting on the greenstage are fresh hops waiting to be dried. 100 bags per kiln, twice a day. Each load takes 8 hours to dry at approx 80C (180F)

Once the hops have been unloaded from the kiln they cool off on the drying floor before being packed into socks (or pockets) weighing around 50kg.

Information provided by owner.
Oast House on South Street
Four square kilned and two internal kilned oast house. The cowls were replaced with louvred ventilators around the 1950s.
Still a working oast in 2015.
Oast Houses
An Oast House is a building used to dry fresh hops before they are sent to the brewers, to be used for flavouring beer. A traditional Oast House consists of the 'oast' and the 'stowage'. The oast was a kiln, with a plenum chamber fired by charcoal at ground floor and the drying floor directly above. The steep pitched roof channelled the hot air through the hops to the top. The stowage, was the barn section, it had a cooling floor and press at first floor and storage area at ground floor. Read more LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 0503 5821 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.1666N 0:56.3309E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 0503 5813
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