Post Number: 315
|Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:49 pm: ||
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?
Post Number: 457
|Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 02:48 am: ||
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.
Post Number: 38
|Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 03:42 am: ||
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.
Post Number: 316
|Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 04:04 am: ||
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...
greg from winnipeg
Post Number: 51
|Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 04:32 am: ||
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)
Post Number: 355
|Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 05:18 am: ||
I usually make a hop tea with my homegrown hops for dry hopping purposes.
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