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Old 02-25-2013, 10:09 PM   #11
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Why are there hops in your grain?

My spent grain is loved by deer (not sure if cats would eat it, if anything they might think it's a litter box)
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:18 PM   #12
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The hops-and-dogs thing is kinda like a severe peanut allergy in humans, at least in terms of severity and rareness, if not the same underlying biological process -- most of 'em aren't affected at all, but if you're unlucky enough to have the rare intolerance, it's fatal. This is why we keep hops away from dogs -- not because they'll probably get sick, but, because, if they do get sick (which they probably won't), they'll almost certainly die.

So, if you're (un)lucky, you might find one stray cat/deer by your grain pile with his feet in the air, but given how quickly they breed, you probably won't have a big effect on the overall population.

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:21 PM   #13
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There's a sticky about hop lethality in dogs, I believe there's no real proof that it affects the majority of dogs, but you know, there was this one case, cuz this guy I know, his plumber had a dog, or was it the electrician... anyway, he ate some hops and then keeled o'er the next day, yessir, he done keeled o'er.

I still wouldn't feed them to the dog... I don't want to clean up the vomit out of the corner of the closet the next day.


I think it's the same kind of thing as why MSG turned in to a forbidden flavor enhancer... a few people had isolated cases of reactions, so it turned in to standard practice to avoid it... although the majority of the population can consume it without any problem.

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:55 PM   #14
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I get that for the once in a year brew, but is this really a common problem?
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:58 AM   #15
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Our neighborhood skunks seem to enjoy the hops and grain combo-I put the spent grain and the spent hops onto the compost pile. I know the skunks love that stuff and I've only found one dead skunk out there in 20 years.
Our cats, the neighbors' cats and all the strays pretty much ignore the compost pile completely.

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The pile of grains looks completely untouched. I know when I put a fresh open bag of hops to my dogs nose he turns in disgust. Maybe they just don't like the smell? What's funny is he will chow down on the most fresh and potent red onion and just love it. I only give him little bits of course but it sure gives him some stanky breath! It's supposedly good for fleas and ticks too??

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How about deer?
Id love to keep them out of my yard.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:54 AM   #19
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I get that for the once in a year brew, but is this really a common problem?
Not for me. I've never tried it. I do FWH. I mean how much "softer" can the bitterness get? Pretty soon they'll have us putting hops in the strike water so it'll be so damn soft you could fashion a pillow for your tongue out of the bitterness. SO DAMN SOFT!
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Not for me. I've never tried it. I do FWH. I mean how much "softer" can the bitterness get? Pretty soon they'll have us putting hops in the strike water so it'll be so damn soft you could fashion a pillow for your tongue out of the bitterness. SO DAMN SOFT!
Some people hell bent on spending too much money on a brew day will hop both their strike water and sparge water.
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