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Old 06-08-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Why does this do?

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Old 06-08-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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I dont know, I never do it

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Old 06-08-2007, 07:32 PM   #3
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Hops have preservative qualities, but I've never used them in starters. It's not like it's sitting around for 2 weeks before using.
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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i think it's just if you use the same dme and hops you would with your beer...keep the taste the same? isn't necessary at all.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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Acts as a preservative. I don't add hops, because I like doing starters in a clear bottle so I can see the yeast layer, and I don't want to have to worry about skunking.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:25 PM   #6
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I've seen both opinions, with no definitive references. They do have antibacterial properties, that is known. Are they necessary? Again, I don't know. I use a couple pellets. Just paranoid, I guess. They don't interfere with being able to see what's going on.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by the_bird View Post
Acts as a preservative. I don't add hops, because I like doing starters in a clear bottle so I can see the yeast layer, and I don't want to have to worry about skunking.
can hops skunk a starter. i thought the sunlight and skunking refered to the sugars and sunlight

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Old 10-13-2013, 02:47 PM   #8
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Skunking results from the sunlight affect on some of the hop compounds.

Wine and cider do not get affected by skunking because they don't contain hops.

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Old 10-14-2013, 01:56 PM   #9
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Do people actually do this? Waste of hops.

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Old 10-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by inflictor-of-grimness View Post
Do people actually do this? Waste of hops.
I've read that it helps the yeast get more accustomed to the environment they're being dumped into

but yes, total waste of a pellet of hops
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