Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Soaking hops?
Thread Tools
Old 09-04-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Windsor, CA
Posts: 1
Default Soaking hops?

Hello All,

This is my maiden post. Thank you, in advance, for your help.

My wife's parents called last night to let me know that they picked the hops they've been growing for me. They had a question: Should they dry the hops after they were done soaking them in water? I gulped and replied, "You're soaking them, huh?" Yes, they were, to cleanse them and flush out any bugs hiding in the hops.

Pretty obvious question here: Are these hops now wasted? It seems to me like soaking them in water would have a similar effect to adding them to your wort: the oils being pulled out out of the hops.

Thanks again.

jhanlon is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 04:20 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 14,088
Liked 1979 Times on 1541 Posts


Assuming it was tap temperature water, the bittering quality is likely intact, and perhaps even some of the more prominent flavor characters may remain. But I'd think the more volatile flavor and likely most if not all of the desirable aroma qualities could be lost.

So, maybe reserve those hops for early and perhaps mid-boil additions, and if the first batch doesn't turn up the flavor you're looking for, relegate them strictly to bittering...

day_trippr is online now
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
F#$% Growing hops, BREED HOPS! FishinDave07 Hops Growing 34 05-28-2014 10:50 PM
Great Lakes Hops, or High Hops for ordering hop crowns odinsgift Hops Growing 24 10-13-2013 08:00 PM
Hops in AL / Hops not cared for gtg644w Hops Growing 9 08-29-2012 05:16 PM
Hops question: Anyone use green hops? TwoHeadsBrewing Hops Growing 7 04-23-2008 12:37 AM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads