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secinarot 09-07-2010 03:28 PM

Wash hops before drying?
This is my first year growing hops and I am getting ready to harvest them. Do you wash the hops after you pick them and before you dry them? I did some searches on this forum and couldn't seem to find an answer.

cheezydemon3 09-07-2010 03:33 PM

Pretty sure not......never really thought about it.

Cleaning may rinse out some lupuline.

Hopfarmer 09-07-2010 03:43 PM

no absolutly not cheers Glen

secinarot 09-07-2010 03:44 PM

If not, what about possible infection from nasties on the cones? Especially if you use them at flameout or dry hop with them?

cheezydemon3 09-07-2010 03:47 PM

Hops cannot infect beer.

They are too antiseptic as it is.

I agree that it seems plausible, but millions of brewers would have uncovered some risk by now.

You aren't doing anything new.;)

tdoft 09-07-2010 03:56 PM

Instinctively, washing seems like the right thing....but I just recently did a big wash of cascade and they are turning brown/black instead of drying like they should. Probably going to buy a fan at lunch to minimize the damage. Won't do that again....

secinarot 09-07-2010 04:33 PM

Sound like i just need to make sure there are no obvious contaminants like spiders crawling around on my hops before I put them out to dry! :cross:

GVH_Dan 09-07-2010 04:34 PM

Washing just adds water to a product you are trying to dry. Don't do it. If you absolutely have to do something, wash down the entire plant while the cones are still on it and then wait a day before you pick. Or pick after a rainstorm.

Hopfarmer 09-07-2010 06:53 PM

Again do not wash before drying sorry but its the funniest thing I have ever heard Cneers Glen

cheezydemon3 09-07-2010 09:05 PM

When you get a "cneers" from a guy named hopfarmer, abandon the practice and slink into the nearest corner.;)


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