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Old 09-11-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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So i harvested my Cascade hops a few weekends ago. didn't weight them but got 2- 5gal pails of them from my second year plant. i laid them out on old window screens for about 5 days to dry with a fan blowing air around in my garage. once dry i tossed them in ziplock bags, squeezed as much air out as possible, and put them in my freezer.

i brewed a simple extract 15min Cascade pale ale with these hops. tossed 2oz at 15min and 2oz at 5min. when i was taking the pot off the stove i noticed a bunch (seemed like 30 or more) of these little whitish caterpillars. since i had everything ready, i cooled down the wort and poured it into the FV and pitched my yeast. gonna call it bug ale. and yes i'm gonna drink it!!! LOL

anyone have issues with little caterpillars like this before? i never noticed a single one while harvesting, drying, or packaging them up.

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Old 09-11-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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So i harvested my Cascade hops a few weekends ago. didn't weight them but got 2- 5gal pails of them from my second year plant. i laid them out on old window screens for about 5 days to dry with a fan blowing air around in my garage. once dry i tossed them in ziplock bags, squeezed as much air out as possible, and put them in my freezer.

i brewed a simple extract 15min Cascade pale ale with these hops. tossed 2oz at 15min and 2oz at 5min. when i was taking the pot off the stove i noticed a bunch (seemed like 30 or more) of these little whitish caterpillars. since i had everything ready, i cooled down the wort and poured it into the FV and pitched my yeast. gonna call it bug ale. and yes i'm gonna drink it!!! LOL

anyone have issues with little caterpillars like this before? i never noticed a single one while harvesting, drying, or packaging them up.
Good for you!! I'd have done the same thing!!

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little extra protein never hurts....and after the boil they are sterilized anyway...maybe name it "Pillar Pale Ale"

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I like that. Pillar pale ale.

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