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.
Sit tight, hold the fort, keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn...call the president.
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....
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.