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Old 05-03-2012, 06:57 PM   #11
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Ive always know there are bugs in everyday food, but to see numbers is intersting...


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Old 05-03-2012, 07:01 PM   #12
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Nothing a good boil and sparge through a packed grain- bed can't take care of...!


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Old 05-03-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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protein....i've heard some stories from big breweries that are stripping bails and find things like: birds, lizards, rats, mice, tools, and even a finger and i mean who doesn't like some fresh metacarpal in their IPA?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #14
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Wonder if the extra protein would cause haze..?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #15
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i mean who doesn't like some fresh metacarpal in their IPA?
You want a metatarsal? I'll get you a metatarsal. Heck, I can get you a metatarsal with nail polish by 3pm.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:42 PM   #16
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I get aphids on my hops. They all take off when I throw the cones in the dehydrator. After about a day, you can see them crawling around the outside. If you ever smash one with your finger and happen to smell it, they smell awful. I'm pretty sure I don't end up with too many in my dried hops. If I do, it hasn't affected my beer any.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:43 PM   #17
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You should probably try to keep aphids off of your hops while they are growing as well. Not the best creatures for the plants! Insecticidal soap works.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:22 PM   #18
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Don't ever drink a wet hopped beer (homegrown or commercial) if you don't want aphids in your beer. I attempted to dry some of my first year nuggets last year in a paper bag in the sun. I should have taken a picture of the aphid ball that formed at the folded closed opening from them trying to escape. Compared to my willamette and cascades, these were very clean looking hops but the ball of aphids that crawled out was more than an inch in diameter. I stopped dry hopping because of what I saw.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:48 PM   #19
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Who cares, most of the hops brewed with the beer so I'm sure it kills everything. The alcohol probably kills any that were dry hopped.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #20
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approximately 4% - 9% of your dried hops is probably bugs.
AA%: 4-9% (Approximate Aphids)

great, another stat to keep track of on my spreadsheet...

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Who cares, most of the hops brewed with the beer so I'm sure it kills everything. The alcohol probably kills any that were dry hopped.
this. i'm really not worried about aphids, or other bugs, in my hops. their flavor contribution is certainly negligible to non-existent compared to everything else that goes in there, and if anything they add a smidgen of nutrition


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