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Old 03-13-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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With all the buzz on Hops right now, I have a question.
Do you or will you use your homegrown hops to dry hop with?
Last fall I got about a pound off my 1st year hops. They are cascade which I will use for dry hopping sometimes. When the time came to dry hop an IPA I just didn't do it.
I've seen aphids and spiders and other things on my hops during the growing season and just got worried about putting those in my brew.
I don't use chemicals on my plants but enlist a massive army of lady bugs and Mantis.

Obviously I use them during the boil but do any of you use them to dry hop with?
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:37 PM   #2
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I do. The hop drying process will kill the insects, which rarely travel off of the leaves anyway.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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I could be wrong, but I'd bet that there were lifeforms of some sort on the hops growing in the hop fields. I'd rather them then any chemical.

 
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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Quote:
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I do. The hop drying process will kill the insects, which rarely travel off of the leaves anyway.
I did not think about the bugs leaving.
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:15 PM   #5
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I dry hop with bugs. I call it my aphid ale.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
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Quote:
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I dry hop with bugs. I call it my aphid ale.
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