HBT 2015 Big Giveaway - Enter Now

Huge Supporting Membership Discounts - 20% Off

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Sanitizing Dry Hops?!?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-20-2013, 03:52 AM   #11
kingwood-kid
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: houston
Posts: 1,480
Liked 94 Times on 87 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Hop acids kill certain types of bacteria, though certainly not all of them. The kilning process of hop pellet manufacturing will probably kill a lot of microbes. The alcohol present in fermented beer will kill a lot more bacteria than hops will. Fermented beer is also acidic and largely devoid of fermentable sugars, so it's hard to infect by much other than acetobacter (which needs oxygen), brettanomyces and a few other fungi that can eat dextrins.

__________________

Say no to intolerance: love gluten and lactose.

kingwood-kid is offline
billdog Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-20-2013, 04:03 AM   #12
Couchy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 22
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

My understanding is that the properties of hops (oils etc) and beer (alchohol, low pH, low/no free oxygen) do not kill bacteria so much as inhibit their growth and reproduction.

__________________
Couchy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #13
one-L
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 320
Liked 86 Times on 68 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Well, I (unintentionally) sanitized 2 ounces of lovely, fragrant 2012 Centennial last night while making a Two-Hearted Clone. Had just run sanitizer through the keg, forgot that I had about a quart left in the bottom of the keg. Popped the lid and dropped my sanitized paint strainer bag full of hops in without looking, closed back up. Realized there was an issue about 5 minutes later when I went to pick up the "empty" keg to fill up, and got way too much sloshing about. Dumped the dry-hopped Star-san into another bucket, and it came out a nice golden color with a lovely aroma. I kind of wanted to cry a little bit. Moral of the story = Star-san and Centennial do not mix. I have done 7 batches thus far where I have dry hopped, and aside from giving the hop package a good shot of Star-san from the spray bottle and soaking the hop bag in Star-san, I haven't worried about it and (thus far) have had no problems.

__________________
one-L is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #14
patthebrewer
Manasquan River Brewing LLC
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
patthebrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: , allenwood, nj
Posts: 688
Liked 55 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 141

Default

I don't bother, You could drive yourself nuts trying to come up with ways to sanitze Dry hop additions. My feelings are that if your doing it right, your dumping them into an alcohol rich enviroment..... I also don't use a hop bag either, after all it all settles to the bottom eventually. Just dont siphon that layer, or use your dump valve if a conical

__________________
Manasquan River Brewing LLC
patthebrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2013, 10:07 PM   #15
eastoak
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: oakland, california
Posts: 3,261
Liked 152 Times on 143 Posts
Likes Given: 86

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SudsyPaul View Post
I'm yet to make anything that requires dry-hopping, but from what I've read, you can just soak them in vodka before tossing them in.
where did you read this? there would be no point in adding hops to a beer that have already been soaked in vodka since the hop oils are soluble in alcohol. the long and the short of it is that hops DO NOT need to be sanitized before dry hopping.
__________________
eastoak is offline
patthebrewer Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sanitizing CFC winestill Equipment/Sanitation 6 12-07-2012 11:22 AM
sanitizing brewmadness Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 01-28-2011 04:33 PM
Sanitizing dry hops rocketman768 General Techniques 20 08-22-2009 05:10 PM
Sanitizing agroff383 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-10-2009 02:20 AM
Sanitizing Hops? tbone Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 12-05-2007 02:35 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS