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Old 09-12-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default May have vacuum packed a couple aphids...any issue?

I vacuum sealed 1.5lbs (dried) of my harvest today. Anyway, I noticed a few aphids crawling on my drying racks right as I was finishing up. Given that, it's highly likely a few aphids probably made it into my vac-bags. Will a few aphids in my boil affect the final beer? I'd hate to ditch the harvest.

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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They'll probably have a slight effect on your beer. Protein aids head retention.

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Old 09-13-2010, 01:09 AM   #3
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Well, first I'd say they breathed their last....
Then I'll say I always remember which components I put in my brew that are sterilized by the boil....
Then, last, I guess how many aphids I put in the boil might be the other variable
Some tiny fraction of a percent seems unlikely to me to make any real difference
But you might not want to announce it to your guests!
All that to say I really doubt it makes any difference at all
2 years ago my Cascade had a lot of aphids
They all seemed to crawl away during the drying process
I haven't noticed anything bad of it yet, and most of those hops are boiled and gone now....

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Old 09-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #4
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I'm sure there are a couple of hitch hikers in commercial hops as well. They are packaging a lot more a lot faster then us who grow our own hops. So, I would think there would be bugs in bought hops as well.
I wet hop so I may have had some help in the kettle. But the boil cleaned them.

I wouldn't worry about it.

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Think about it this way. The mass of the aphids in your hops is probably still less than the weevils in your grain.

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No Problem at all Drying usually runs most of them out Cheers Glen

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Thanks guys! I was hoping for this answer.

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Yeast nutrient.

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