Hops Moisture Monitoring with


Moisture Monitoring Technology

The WECO HopTek Moisture Monitoring systems provides real time moisture readings during the drying process. Once the drying floor has been filled with hops and the burner/ fan kiln system turned on, the system starts proving real time moisture levels on a touch screen system mounted in the kiln facility. Simply input the desired moisture level you would like, and the system will automatically indicate when the level has been reached.
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Our moisture monitoring technology uses a combination of proprietary software and custom printed circuit boards to measure the electrical properties of the Hops. We then use the measured electrical properties in conjunction with a product specific calibration to determine the moisture. This provides an average moisture reading across the entire sensor plate area.




  • Reduced labor; no more sample taking.
  • Consistent drying resulting in increased product weight and revenue.
  • Reduced energy costs; less accidental over-drying and loss of revenue.
  • Drying data logged on a computer for future use or external ERP.


The HopTek system was adapted from the walnut industry which shares many of the same kiln-based drying systems. WECO has been continuously innovating the moisture monitoring technology for more than ten years and has hundreds of installations throughout North and South America.