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Old 08-21-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Spontaneous hop combustion!

On Saturday I was brewing a saison and as I had my hops sitting in a stainless mixing bowl. Well the bowl must have been a parabolic reflector because in minutes if being in the sun the leaf hops burst into flames. I wasn't smoking a cigar at the time, and any sources of flame were a good distance away. Then I realized that it had to be the bowl and I stuck it into the shade, shortly after blowing out the flaming hops, of course.

So has this ever happened to anyone else?

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:09 AM   #2
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wow.. never heard of this

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:13 AM   #3
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Never heard of that! Wonder how it will effect the beer..

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:14 AM   #4
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On Saturday I was brewing a saison and as I had my hops sitting in a stainless mixing bowl. Well the bowl must have been a parabolic reflector because in minutes if being in the sun the leaf hops burst into flames. I wasn't smoking a cigar at the time, and any sources of flame were a good distance away. Then I realized that it had to be the bowl and I stuck it into the shade, shortly after blowing out the flaming hops, of course.

So has this ever happened to anyone else?


Did it look like your avatar?


On a serious note, were you still able to use the hops? If you did, would the burned portions affect the beer's taste?
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:16 AM   #5
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It can be a lot worse
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:20 AM   #6
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Ummm... wow. I hope you didn't spill your beer when you went to go put out the flames!

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Old 08-21-2012, 03:22 AM   #7
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Opted for a smoked saison after that I presume?

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:03 PM   #8
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I just pulled out the burn and charred cones and went on with my day. I was, luckily mind you, staring at the bowl when the flames ignited.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:13 PM   #9
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Your experience reminds me of a cigarette lighter we bought from Radio Shack for my grandmother in the 1970'S. Glad to hear everything came out ok.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #10
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I was, luckily mind you, staring at the bowl when the flames ignited.
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