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Old 04-03-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Brewing during pollen season

Fellow brewers, as I approach my 1 year anniversary of this hobby; I've come to wonder if brewing outdoors when the pollen count is abnormally high increases the risk of an infection. I live in GA, so the pollen is thick in the air this time of year.

I was planning on brewing a pliny clone this weekend but I'm worried I might be running a high risk of infection during the chilling phase. I use an IC so my lid doesn't fit perfectly on the brewpot.

Anyone had success (or failures) during high pollen season?

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
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Put the lid on the best you can when your cooling. Other than that I wouldn't over think it. I brew outside all year, even when the cars are yellow with pollen. No worries.

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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Old 04-04-2014, 02:25 PM   #4
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Most places have pollen counts of 100ppm. Georgia is like 5000ppm. I think it's something to be wary of. Obviously, hot side you don't have to worry about it (<140*ish, if I recall). Definitely keep it covered while cooling and get it indoors as soon as possible.

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Old 04-04-2014, 02:30 PM   #5
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Nothing says spring in Ga like pollen as deep as snow storms

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Old 04-07-2014, 05:06 PM   #6
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So I ended up brewing and all appears to have gone well. I took the brewpot inside after chilling and did my transfer there. Having to be extra careful due to the pollen is not likely something I'll try again even if it turns OK, it threw off my 'rhythm' enough to make the brew day uncomfortable.

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:15 PM   #7
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Pollen is just a protein. It will not hurt anything. I would be more worried about mold and spore counts. The sort of warm, wet weather that is good for mold and spore production is also good for bacteria production. Even then a small crumb of crud that you missed during clean up and has set in a humid environment in your fermenter will have a much larger population of bacteria than the few that fall in from air while you chill.

I would not sweat it too much. Make sure to pitch plenty of yeast so your yeast get a good start and can out complete any nasty.

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Old 04-11-2014, 08:11 PM   #8
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I'm on board with it being protein and not over thinking (which I'm notorious for at all times).

I'm watching the yellow dust storms roll around the parking lot right now, and will be brewing on my porch tomorrow, so I guess I'll find out.

But I'm going to go with RDWHAHB or something like that...

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Old 04-11-2014, 08:43 PM   #9
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Live in GA, brew year round. Never had an issue with pollen.

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Old 04-13-2014, 06:11 AM   #10
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Brewed last weekend in the yellow storm, just made sure I took my allegra before I got out there in it. Batch is going well in Primary.

Kept everything covered when i could, Hopefully we get more rain to knock it all down in the gutters again, tired of itchy eyes and sneezing.

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