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Old 01-28-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Dry hopping.

Maybe this is a dumb question, but do you guys do anything to your hops to prevent them from infecting the beer when you dry-hop?

Or do you just rack onto the pellets, and leave it at that?


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Old 01-28-2010, 05:48 PM   #2
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I've always just tossed 'em in. No problems so far. Maybe there have been infections from dry hopping with unsanitized hops, but I haven't heard about them.

Rack away!


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Old 01-28-2010, 05:54 PM   #3
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I use a sanitized stainless steel herb ball and put the hops in that and just throw into the keg.
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The hops themselves should not infect the beer. But a dirty bag (if you use one) can. I just pour the pellets right into the carboy.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:56 PM   #5
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I wasn't planning on using any container for the hops, just racking onto them.

I have some vacuum sealed, and thought they might be safer, but I suppose it doesn't make a difference.

It just seems counter intuitive to me, because anything that touches the beer/wort post-cooling should be treated some how.

I feel the same way about adding fruit. I mean isn't it possible that adding fresh fruit, which may have wild yeast on it could contaminate the beer?

Either way, I trust the people on this site. Here goes nothing.
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Hops are fairly acidic, and are somewhat antimicrobial. Fruit might be a bigger issue, but people still do it.
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Just rack over them. I always dry hop with whole leaf hops and have never had an infection. Sanitize anything you'll use to get them into your carboy (I use a sanitized funnel). It's been stated that hops have antimicrobial properties and that is true. Think of how IPAs got to be IPAs in the first place - to fight off bacteria. And your beer has produced enough alcohol that it is much less susceptible to infection at this point.
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Maybe this is a dumb question, but do you guys do anything to your hops to prevent them from infecting the beer when you dry-hop?

Or do you just rack onto the pellets, and leave it at that?
Yes. I clean the package & scissors with Star San or alcohol then I open the package.

THEN (either after cleaning my hands or wearing gloves) after opening the package I pitch 'em in.

Sometime I smile at them.

That's it.
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Beer is much more hardy than you think.

Sprinkle those hops and let the magic commence.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:07 AM   #10
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So I racked onto the hops without any precautions, and it's about a week later.

It looks like my beer is infected. I will try and post pictures.


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