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Old 06-08-2007, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default why add hops to starter?

Why does this do?

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Old 06-08-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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I dont know, I never do it

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Old 06-08-2007, 08:32 PM   #3
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Hops have preservative qualities, but I've never used them in starters. It's not like it's sitting around for 2 weeks before using.

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i think it's just if you use the same dme and hops you would with your beer...keep the taste the same? isn't necessary at all.

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Old 06-08-2007, 09:38 PM   #5
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Acts as a preservative. I don't add hops, because I like doing starters in a clear bottle so I can see the yeast layer, and I don't want to have to worry about skunking.

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I've seen both opinions, with no definitive references. They do have antibacterial properties, that is known. Are they necessary? Again, I don't know. I use a couple pellets. Just paranoid, I guess. They don't interfere with being able to see what's going on.

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Acts as a preservative. I don't add hops, because I like doing starters in a clear bottle so I can see the yeast layer, and I don't want to have to worry about skunking.
can hops skunk a starter. i thought the sunlight and skunking refered to the sugars and sunlight
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Skunking results from the sunlight affect on some of the hop compounds.

Wine and cider do not get affected by skunking because they don't contain hops.

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Do people actually do this? Waste of hops.

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Do people actually do this? Waste of hops.
I've read that it helps the yeast get more accustomed to the environment they're being dumped into

but yes, total waste of a pellet of hops
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