Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Should I grow hops if I have a dog?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-27-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
mobius1ski
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mobius1ski's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 20
Default Should I grow hops if I have a dog?

I'm considering planting a "beer garden," with hops and specialty grains for my homebrew. But I recently read that hops can be toxic to dogs. Should I be concerned about this as a dog owner? Are hops on the vine an attractive taste/flavor to dogs?


mobius1ski is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 01:55 AM   #2
Stauffbier
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: El Paso, TX
Posts: 5,140
Liked 1033 Times on 635 Posts
Likes Given: 2750

Default

Hops are deadly to dogs. I put a barrier up so my dog can't get to my hops.


__________________
Bier war sein letztes wort dann trugen ihn die Englein fort...

Stauffbier is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 02:19 AM   #3
LeSinge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 53
Liked 4 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

Oh sure, they may be harmful to dogs, but what dog is gonna jump that high - or tear down the bines - to get to something that's not meat? Give your dog a whiff of a bag of pellets and see just how interesting and potentially tasty they are to it. My dog LOVES beer - but not dry-hopped beer - and is not interested in my hop garden except for the occasional chunk of wood mulch to gnaw on. And as far as the smell of pellet hops, I've given about a dozen dogs the 'whiff-test' and none of them have been interested at all, some bolt away even...
...unless your dog has displayed a weird interest in other vegetables and plants other than the occasional mouthful of grass...(my friend's lab will wipe out the asparagus garden if you're not looking...???wth???)
LeSinge is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 02:31 AM   #4
Hockeyhunter99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 603
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

you need to read up on the toxicity of hops and the breed of dog. i am a dog owner and love my dog. so this can be taken with a grain of salt. all of the liturature i have read about the hops toxicity and is with the hyperthermic reaction to dogs is in some breeds, primarily grayhounds. there is little to no liturature (that i have read) about the specific genetics and hops. i have three plants and my dog has wanted nothing to do with them. she will eat almost any other plant (and i did take a small precaution and made a small fence) but she won't touch the cones that have fallen. i have read more info about how dogs will stay away from hops because of how bitter they are. it has something to do with smell.

best of luck with the hops and it has been a fun hobby. but do take care with your dog and your hops.
__________________
Beer Renaissance definition - transformation from a heavy beer drinker to drinking heavy beer

Keg - American Pale Ale

Primary - Chocolate Cascadian Dark Ale
Primary - ButterBeer
Hockeyhunter99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 02:36 AM   #5
tchuklobrau
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Gowanda, NY
Posts: 1,007
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

here look at this beergarden. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/hops...garden-317079/ I have dogs as well. what has cones is above dog range. only the cones are toxic. so use caution while harvesting. However my dog hase never touched any cones that hit the ground and she will eat almost anything. as i have posted in other hops/dog toxic posts, the real danger is in hops that have beed used in brewing as they are sweet with malt/grain goodness. I say make the garden and enjoy.
tchuklobrau is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 03:02 AM   #6
sweetcell
Swollen Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
sweetcell's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Rockville, MD
Posts: 4,565
Liked 802 Times on 591 Posts
Likes Given: 319

Default

it's the isomerized - i.e. boiled - hops that are deadly to certain breeds. this is akin to peanut allergies in children: fatal when it exists, but extremely rare. what dog owners need to be careful of are hops discarded after the boil - not only are they isomerized but they are also covered in sweet wort. THAT is something the puppies will happily gobble up.

i have a dog who takes great joy in chewing/eating everything under the sun, and she too hasn't shown even the slightest interest in any of my seven hop plants.

go ahead and grow hops.
__________________
.
What hops should I grow? Looking for cheap honey?

Drinking: Tripel'ish, oud bruin, gueuz'ish thing, saison bottled with ECY34, imperial chocolate stout, dubbel
Carb'ing: local sour cherry kriek
Aging: TYB saison brett blend, Tripel'ish with brett, sour cherry mead, rye sour ECY20/ECY34 split, several other sours, acerglyn
sweetcell is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 03:42 AM   #7
mobius1ski
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mobius1ski's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 20
Default

Thanks everyone!
mobius1ski is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 03:50 AM   #8
AndrewD
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 289
Liked 49 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

I forget where I read it, but bitterness is an interesting thing. Generally in nature, bitterness signifies toxicity and is a defense mechanism for plants similar to thorns or allergen (poison oak). Most bitter things are bad for animals, so animals tend to stay away from them. It is a rare thing to find bitterness that is not toxic, and it seems like us humans might be the only ones who have sought out edible (to us) bitters.
AndrewD is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 04:38 AM   #9
Crito
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: H-Town, TX
Posts: 519
Liked 27 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

All I heard are Labs and Greyhounds could be sicken or die from eating hops.
Hops are given to horses to calm them.

Hops are also believed (not proven) to kill parasites.


I have two dogs. They are not interested in my hops. They will eat the cantaloupes, carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, and tomatoes.
Crito is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 05:04 AM   #10
chumpsteak
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Meridian, ID
Posts: 852
Liked 95 Times on 79 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

My weiner dog ate a few hop pellets that fell on the garage floor on brew day. He puked up a bunch of green vomit a couple hours later but was otherwise fine. He doesn't eat hops anymore.


chumpsteak is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools



Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS