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Old 09-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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My friend is letting me harvest hops, but that means I'm only really seeing them when I get over there to check them out. I went over yesterday with the intent to harvest (if ready). What I found was a big, heavy bunch of hops that maybe need another week or two to hit their peak, but they're covered with tiny green hop aphids! I've seen them before, the first time I just left them out after picking and most of them seemed to fly away. This time, I really want to get rid of them before I harvest.

It rained last night, but I went over this morning and doused the vines with a 1-tablespoon-to-1-quart dilution of Dr. Bronner's peppermint castile soap in a garden sprayer. It's cool today, so I'm not too worried about burning the leaves, BUT . . .

1. Should I rinse the plants off after a while?

2. Are my hops going to taste like peppermint?

3. Is there any sense to rinsing the hops once I've picked them and laid them out to dry? (I just dry them on a big window screen on some sawhorses.)

If worse comes to worst, I figure the aphids will die when I freeze the dried hops and then fall out with the hot break, but I'd like to get things as clean as possible.

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Old 09-26-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Glad to hear this, well Kinda. I'm a new brewer and hop grower. Had 4 really nice plants, When I had em all picked I just laid them on a camo tarp in the shop with the doors closed to let dry. Day #2 I went in to fluff and move around and found 10 BaZillion little white baby aphids. I freaked out and called the brew store, they asked if they were Cascade's, Yes I said. He told me that they are ( Prone ) to them and it will be nothing but a little extra ( protean )

So I picked the hops and cleaned up the bugs took em out side, the laid the hops back on the tarp. Day #3 late there was more of them. So at this point they had dried a bunch so I just vacume packed and in the freezer they went.

So I'll be using some with in the week and figure it should be OK. I've not seen any kind of bug prevention on line for Hops. You could make a Christmas beer if there Mint flavored
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