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Chad Dickinson
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Username: Icehouse

Post Number: 315
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Any need to sanitize them in any way?

I was a bit concerned about airborne yeasts landing on the hop cones, and/or airborne bacteria landing on the hops, or possibly even from bugs....

What do you guys do?
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 457
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 02:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chad, the hops you buy are probably exposed to the same contaminants that you mention. Hops are naturally antibacterial.

I've dry hopped using home grown a couple times, no problems.
 

Josh Johnson
Junior Member
Username: Msujdog

Post Number: 38
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 03:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Follow up question:

Do hops need to be dried?

I have a very nice vine of second year Centennials that are about 1-3 weeks away from being harvested. I have a barleywine that will be ready for dry-hopping in about 1 more week. Should I pick my Centennials now and let them dry, or can I remove them and add them to the fermented beer the same day?

I'll hang up and listen.
 

Chad Dickinson
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Username: Icehouse

Post Number: 316
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 04:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use a cheapy (and pretty old) Mr. Coffee food dehydrator. Not adjustable, but works pretty well. Takes 2-4 hours for em to get dry enough.

To answer your question:

Yes... hops need to be dried. They won't store properly if they are not dried. Additionally, all weights given for homebrew recipes are for dried hops. They lose 70-90% of their weight in the drying process...

I'm sure there must be other reasons as well, but its pretty late...

Cheers!
Chad
 

greg from winnipeg
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Username: Greg_winnipeg

Post Number: 51
Registered: 02-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 04:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Also the hops will be very grassy if they are not dried. Flavour and aroma definitely change when the hops are dried.

(Message edited by greg_winnipeg on August 19, 2004)
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Username: Beertracker

Post Number: 355
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 05:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I usually make a hop tea with my homegrown hops for dry hopping purposes.
CHEERS! Beertracker

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