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Old 01-18-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Just a quick question as to whether people sanitize their dry hops, if it's even possible, and what technique they use to do it..?

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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I'm yet to make anything that requires dry-hopping, but from what I've read, you can just soak them in vodka before tossing them in.


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Old 01-18-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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Nope I never have but I do sanitize the hop bag first. The hops themselves were used in beer to prolong the shelf life of the beer because they have antiseptic qualities. Might be the wrong word but same idea.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #4
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I've never sanitizer them and haven't had an issue. I sanitize the bag I put them in, but thats it. I understand that the hops are pretty much sanitary already due to the acids in them. They are a preservative in the beer after all. But that could all be my brain that hasn't turned on yet today.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:06 PM   #5
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I figured it was just a case of tossing them in... wanted to double check. This site is awesome - y'all are ON IT!! Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #6
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No you don't have to sanitize they are naturally free of bacteria. "When you are dry hopping there is no reason to worry about adding unboiled hops to the fermenter. Infection from the hops just doesn't happen." http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter5-1.html
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Really? So if a fly, bird, or other bug craps bacteria on my hop plants, they are sanitary enough to throw into my beer? Sounds fishy to me.

Just last week I saw a picture here of an infected batch. Everyone said "yep, it was the hop bag" because hops don't have bacteria? Yet IIRC he boiled the bag first. I'm not a food scientist, but what little research I've done says 165 degrees will kill just about anything. Thus boiling would be sufficient.

We spend all this time freaking out about sanitation and religiously soaking stuff in starsan that ends up in our beer, yet we throw un-sanitized hops into it in the end.

Yet, dry hopping has been done forever without consequence.

Just saying.

I'm confused.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #8
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I don't mean to sound like a naysayer. I just think that it "could" happen to get an infection from hops. However, I'm not going to worry about it. Past practice (and a book or two) has told us that it "doesn't happen".

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Really? So if a fly, bird, or other bug craps bacteria on my hop plants, they are sanitary enough to throw into my beer? Sounds fishy to me.

Just last week I saw a picture here of an infected batch. Everyone said "yep, it was the hop bag" because hops don't have bacteria? Yet IIRC he boiled the bag first. I'm not a food scientist, but what little research I've done says 165 degrees will kill just about anything. Thus boiling would be sufficient.

We spend all this time freaking out about sanitation and religiously soaking stuff in starsan that ends up in our beer, yet we throw un-sanitized hops into it in the end.

Yet, dry hopping has been done forever without consequence.

Just saying.

I'm confused.
So just how are you going to sanitize hop pellets?

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #10
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I'm not arguing on how to sanitize hops... Just trying to prove that it could be possible to introduce bacteria via hops. However mr. book writer says "Infection from the hops just doesn't happen."

I'm not going to worry about it.


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