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Old 09-07-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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Pretty sure not......never really thought about it.

Cleaning may rinse out some lupuline.

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:43 PM   #3
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no absolutly not cheers Glen

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:44 PM   #4
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If not, what about possible infection from nasties on the cones? Especially if you use them at flameout or dry hop with them?
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:47 PM   #5
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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.

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:56 PM   #6
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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....

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:33 PM   #7
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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!
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:34 PM   #8
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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.

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Old 09-07-2010, 06:53 PM   #9
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Again do not wash before drying sorry but its the funniest thing I have ever heard Cneers Glen

 
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:05 PM   #10
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When you get a "cneers" from a guy named hopfarmer, abandon the practice and slink into the nearest corner.


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