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Old 04-15-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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ok, I started dry hopping in my secondary and started thinking about contamination. I boiled a nylon bag and some marbles before putting the whole hops in. Is there any risk of bacteria since there is no way to sterilize the hops?

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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no worries... hops are naturally antibacterial and I never contaminated a batch with dry hopping and I am at 10+ batches that have been dry hopped

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:48 PM   #3
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I have never had a dry hop issue. But if you are really worried about it you can soak the hops in vodka (maybe whiskey) to sanitize them.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:07 PM   #4
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Whats with the marbles though?
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:59 PM   #5
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Marbles are to weight down the whole hop cones and get them in more contact with the beer, otherwise they would just float.

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:05 PM   #6
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Hops were originally added to beer as a preservative so there is no way they are going to cause an infection. As long as the bag holding them is sterile you are good to go.

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Old 04-15-2009, 09:14 PM   #7
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Hops were originally added to beer as a preservative so there is no way they are going to cause an infection. As long as the bag holding them is sterile you are good to go.

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Old 04-16-2009, 04:14 AM   #8
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Marbles are to weight down the whole hop cones and get them in more contact with the beer, otherwise they would just float.
Unfortunately, I didn't use enough marbles and half the bag is above the water (beer) line. So, I guess I'm only dry hopping with half an ounce instead of an ounce of Amarillo. Oh well, maybe it happened for a reason (staying positive).

 
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:56 AM   #9
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i just dry hopped with a one ounce bad of goldings pellets.. of coarse it just swells and floats but i am agitating the secondary a few times a week to unsettle the floating hops and they are slowly falling...


i assume this is fine and I will have yummy beer?
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:27 AM   #10
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I've dry-hopped with whole hops a few times. I just shove them in and eventually they all saturate with beer and fall below the beer line. Siphoning becomes tricky but what would a real IPA be without some hop particles in the glass?
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