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Old 05-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by sweetcell View Post
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
Squish and aphid and then smell your fingers. You might change your mind.

I would agree though that bugs are less of a worry for throwing off flavors compared to pesticides.

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:10 PM   #22
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I like poop and small organisms in my grain-based snacks and beverages. As homebrewers, we are all united by a common love of yeast piss/poop - in my case, I have a particular affinity for belgian yeast piss. The organic world is a disgusting place if you are both learned and squeemish.

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #23
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And those are the FDA allowable amounts. I doubt that you will get close to the allowable amounts unless you DO grow your own hops and get an infestation at harvest time or while drying.

If you worry too much about s#*t like this it will give you ulcers!

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:11 PM   #24
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:18 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by sweetcell View Post
AA%: 4-9% (Approximate Aphids)

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

Thanks. I actually laughed out loud at my desk when I read this.

Bugs in your beer? Meh.

I have five kids. New parents amuse me to no end. Sanitizing pacifiers, throwing dropped potatoe chips away...

I'm at the point now that there IS no five second rule. If a kid finds something edible on the ground, and it's not covered in hair/dirt, and it's not mummified in the couch cushions, they eat it. Heck, sometimes, they do, anyway.

My kids are quite healthy.
Check out the priming sugar calculator, yeast starter calculator, and the beer calorie calculator.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:28 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by cheezydemon3 View Post
Do aphids add bitterness?


Weevils in the grain, aphids on the hops, you could make a 2 bugged brown IPA.
They do create bitterness.

Like my wife, they generate a lot of honeydo. And that just leads to bitterness.

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