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Old 03-27-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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So contrary to what I have read and heard, I have just learned that hops/yeast and cast iron drain pipes do not mix. I was always told it was ok to dump this stuff down the drain, so I have been doing so. Only spent hops from dry hopping and yeast slurries have gone down, spent boil hops are tossed out. My drain clogged and my snake was unable to fix it. So....I had to call a plumber. $240 later, he tells me that hops and yeast should not go in the sink because they will stick to the pipes and harden. Thus causing clogs. No more hops in the sink for me, thats for sure! Just a heads up to everyone out there.




 
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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Uh oh......



 
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:03 PM   #3
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Hmm. I've been dumping my primaries in the sink that my mom (landlord) just had to put a few grand into replacing (on an unrelated manner). Good to know
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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No more hops in the sink for me, thats for sure! Just a heads up to everyone out there.
If you dump hops out on the compost pile make sure that your pets will not eat it. It will kill them. This is true for dogs not sure about cats.
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:09 PM   #5
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If you dump hops out on the compost pile make sure that your pets will not eat it. It will kill them. This is true for dogs not sure about cats.
Oh God, now you've gone and done it...

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Old 03-27-2009, 04:37 PM   #6
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interesting...i also dump mine down the drain in the basement bathroom. i had a plug a few months back, i couldnt get it with my snake either, had to call a plumber as well. but i dump yeast, i always dump hops in the yard waste for pick up. guess i'll toss the yeast into the yard now.

 
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:40 PM   #7
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Well thats good to know, I guess I will trash the spent hops for now on.
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:49 PM   #8
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Been running them through the garbage disposal for years with no problems. Let's here it for PVC pipe!

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Old 03-27-2009, 04:51 PM   #9
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If you dump hops out on the compost pile make sure that your pets will not eat it. It will kill them. This is true for dogs not sure about cats.
Is true for some breeds, not all and discussed plenty in other related threads, but we do appreciate the concern and trying to save someones pet.


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I' always dump my primaries down the sink.I've only DH'd one batch and did not dump that down the sink.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:00 PM   #10
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I have been putting yeast from wine and beer down my commode in the basement for over two years no. Before that I used 1 packet of regular bakers yeast in the commode for 5 years or more. You see, I have a septic system and the yeast are good at eating up all the nasty stuff in my septic tank. The company I just used to clean out my septic tank after 8 years was amazed at the condition of the tank and the amount (lack of actually) [email protected] they sucked out.

As for the actual pipes, this may be of some concern, but it has not given me any difficulty to date as the line from the commode to the tank is very short.

Thanks for the heads up though.

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