Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Brewing during pollen season
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-03-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
soulflow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 20
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Brewing during pollen season

Fellow brewers, as I approach my 1 year anniversary of this hobby; I've come to wonder if brewing outdoors when the pollen count is abnormally high increases the risk of an infection. I live in GA, so the pollen is thick in the air this time of year.

I was planning on brewing a pliny clone this weekend but I'm worried I might be running a high risk of infection during the chilling phase. I use an IC so my lid doesn't fit perfectly on the brewpot.

Anyone had success (or failures) during high pollen season?


soulflow is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: , Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,798
Liked 477 Times on 365 Posts
Likes Given: 743

Default

Put the lid on the best you can when your cooling. Other than that I wouldn't over think it. I brew outside all year, even when the cars are yellow with pollen. No worries.


Hammy71 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
soulflow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 20
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks for the words of encouragement!
soulflow is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 02:25 PM   #4
mbbransc
Feedback Score: 6 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 424
Liked 50 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

Most places have pollen counts of 100ppm. Georgia is like 5000ppm. I think it's something to be wary of. Obviously, hot side you don't have to worry about it (<140*ish, if I recall). Definitely keep it covered while cooling and get it indoors as soon as possible.
mbbransc is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 02:30 PM   #5
savannahbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Savannah, Ga
Posts: 91
Liked 22 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

Nothing says spring in Ga like pollen as deep as snow storms
savannahbrew is offline
TheZymurgist Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2014, 05:06 PM   #6
soulflow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 20
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

So I ended up brewing and all appears to have gone well. I took the brewpot inside after chilling and did my transfer there. Having to be extra careful due to the pollen is not likely something I'll try again even if it turns OK, it threw off my 'rhythm' enough to make the brew day uncomfortable.
soulflow is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2014, 06:15 PM   #7
rlmiller10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rlmiller10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Northern Colorado, Colorado
Posts: 598
Liked 137 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 264

Default

Pollen is just a protein. It will not hurt anything. I would be more worried about mold and spore counts. The sort of warm, wet weather that is good for mold and spore production is also good for bacteria production. Even then a small crumb of crud that you missed during clean up and has set in a humid environment in your fermenter will have a much larger population of bacteria than the few that fall in from air while you chill.

I would not sweat it too much. Make sure to pitch plenty of yeast so your yeast get a good start and can out complete any nasty.
rlmiller10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 08:11 PM   #8
Methose
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 130
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I'm on board with it being protein and not over thinking (which I'm notorious for at all times).

I'm watching the yellow dust storms roll around the parking lot right now, and will be brewing on my porch tomorrow, so I guess I'll find out.

But I'm going to go with RDWHAHB or something like that...
Methose is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 08:43 PM   #9
Bankshot
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 8
Default

Live in GA, brew year round. Never had an issue with pollen.
Bankshot is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2014, 06:11 AM   #10
Cadrian
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Columbia, SC, South Carolina
Posts: 90
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Brewed last weekend in the yellow storm, just made sure I took my allegra before I got out there in it. Batch is going well in Primary.

Kept everything covered when i could, Hopefully we get more rain to knock it all down in the gutters again, tired of itchy eyes and sneezing.


Cadrian is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Its beer brewing season... what next? fireroadjunky Recipes/Ingredients 6 10-10-2013 10:07 AM
What season do you do the most brewing ? carolinabrewer General Beer Discussion 31 03-24-2013 04:59 PM
Brewing, spring & pollen MotorcycleMike Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 03-21-2012 10:19 AM
Pollen season brewing oceanselv All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 16 04-10-2010 03:50 PM
Brewing with the season AltitudeJunkie Recipes/Ingredients 1 04-23-2009 02:04 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS