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Old 12-03-2007, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Growing hops with dogs.

When I started brewing I started with extract kits and they all said to keep the hops away from dogs because it could kill them.
Is this true?
I'm thinking of growing some hops this coming spring but the only good spot I have to do this is in my back yard where my dogs get to run.
I could fence some of it off to keep them out of it but there is always a chance that they could still get in there if they really wanted to. I'm just not so sure I want to risk it.

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Old 12-03-2007, 01:54 AM   #2
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I doubt the dogs will chew on the grown hops. Thats just weird

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I've seen documentation of exactly one case of a dog eating hops and those were post-boil hops placed on a compost heap. I suspect the malt sugar had something to do with it. My greyhounds have shown zero interest in the hops and I know many other homebrewers with dogs & hop plants.

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The danger is real I assure you. Hops do kill dogs.

It happens when some poor bastard has babied a hop vine for2 years, the first year yielding .12 ounces of hops, but he is hopeful for this year.
The dog is barking at the landscapers that the people next door have hired and, barking like a freak from hell, barrels head long into the hop vine which has been planted by the fence, severing it at the ground (it was in full bloom, the scent of cascades wafting on the breeze) . Said "would be" hops grower bludgeons the dog with his gas grill which happened to be nearby, thus killing the dog.

And so you see,......consider carefully planting hops where a dog might concieveably kill it, thus killing himself.

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Not me....it was the guy in the story! Damn it pay attention!

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I always heard that and wondered as well. Figured there had to be some sort of truth behind it but it could also be breed specific (like chocolate and dogs). Some are just more sensitive than others.

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The guy in the story had it coming to him for abusing a grill like that.
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Back to the topic. I have my yard fenced in with an invisible fence. I plan on branching off the fence and creating another no go zone around the hops. May work for you too.

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