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Old 09-05-2007, 12:00 AM   #1
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Going to dry hop here in a couple of days. I looked through 2 of my books and I searched here also for the answer. I haven't found anything yet. So, does anyone here Sanitize the Hops prior to Dry Hopping? If so, How?

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Old 09-05-2007, 12:04 AM   #2
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Going to dry hop here in a couple of days. I looked through 2 of my books and I searched here also for the answer. I haven't found anything yet. So, does anyone here Sanitize the Hops prior to Dry Hopping? If so, How?
I never have. Just open the hops right prior to the dry hop if they're individualy packaged (by the ounce).

I buy in bulk and keep the extra clipped tight in the original package in my chiller.

Just drop em in. Hops are a natural preservative with high acidity so unless they got wet and mildewy...they should be fine.

Now...if you're going to use a grain back or other gizmo to dry hop...of course those things need to be sanitized.
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no need, unless you store your hops in some mold infested dank place. Just add them.

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I have always sanitized the package and the scissors but not the hops.

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Old 09-05-2007, 12:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I have about 3/4 oz. of Plugs left from my Brew Session of an APA on Saturday that I'd like to use up when I rack into the secondary.

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I read somewhere that because you're putting them into alcohol (i.e: secondary fermenter), or better yet, fully fermented beer, that they need not be sanitized.

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Actually, hops have tremendous anti-bacterial properties and can be used for disease control in poultry.

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