We produce a flexible tool for contracting subcurves of logarithmic hyperelliptic curves, which is local around the subcurve and commutes with arbitrary base-change. As an application, we prove that hyperelliptic multiscale differentials determine a sequence of Gorenstein contractions of the underlying nodal curve, whose dualising bundle they descend to generate. This is the first piece of evidence for a more general conjecture about limits of differentials.