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Old 11-09-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I have a Belgian IPA that calls for a dry hopping in the secondary. My friend accidentally opened the wrong hops during the brew, so they've already been exposed to the air and handled. I have them refrigerated now, but is there a chance they will infect the beer? I can grab a new pack if necessary.

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Old 11-09-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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I would have just thrown them in. Unless you are trying really hard to accurately create a clone, it would be fine and delicious.

That said, if you have them in a zip lock container in your freezer, they'll be fine. Use them in your next boil rather than dry-hop if you have any concerns.

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Old 11-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #3
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Beer in the secondary is already up to ABV.

Hops provide natural preservative value.

Alcohol plus hops means little worry about infecting the beer.

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Old 11-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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Beer in the secondary is already up to ABV.

Hops provide natural preservative value.

Alcohol plus hops means little worry about infecting the beer.
What that guy said
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:22 PM   #5
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Well,if you're not going to use them,tape the packet shut,put'em in a zip lock freezer bag & toss'em in the freezer. That's the bes way to sotre them if you don't have a vacuum sealer.

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Very little concern for infection. Hops were actually originally used to preserve beers for longer periods rather than for their flavor.

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Old 11-09-2013, 02:26 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, threw them in the freezer.

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What that guy said
What that guys said, what that guy said. LOL

I read not to long ago, I think from AHB, that they made a "Hop tea" and put that into the secondary. That might work pretty good.
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Hops are a natural antiseptic.

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Hops are a natural antiseptic. RDWHAHB
What that guy said! I always throw my left overs into the freezer!
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