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What to do with post boil hops?
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:43:19 AM »
After the boil is over are the hops (I use pellets) usable for anything? Good as plant fertilizer?


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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 07:08:31 AM »
They are toxic to dogs so I say dispose of them. A few ounces less mulch isn't going to destroy the planet

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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 10:34:45 AM »
I use pellet hops in mesh bags. When I'm finished, I empty the bags into the trash.
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 11:00:42 AM »
+1 to Jim, I just toss them in the trash, pellet of whole, they're garbage when they're done:)
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2015, 11:09:53 AM »
I dump trub and hops in my compost bin. I don't have dogs though.
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2015, 11:40:52 AM »
I put it in the compost which is enclosed so no problem for the dog.
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2015, 01:09:15 PM »
I put it in the compost which is enclosed so no problem for the dog.

All of my spent grain and hops go into the compost as well.
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2015, 01:35:43 PM »
They are toxic to dogs so I say dispose of them. A few ounces less mulch isn't going to destroy the planet

+1.  The possibility of my dogs, or someones wandering dog, getting into the compost pile and eating a bunch of wort sweet hops makes me send them to the trash. 

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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2015, 01:36:32 PM »
They are toxic to dogs so I say dispose of them. A few ounces less mulch isn't going to destroy the planet

+1.  The possibility of my dogs, or someones wandering dog, getting into the compost pile and eating a bunch of wort sweet hops makes me send them to the trash. 

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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2015, 01:52:19 PM »
For me, it depends.  Certain varieties of hops that I know my wife doesn't like go into the trash.  Others go into the compost, but our bin is completely enclosed and no dogs around it.

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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2015, 02:10:57 PM »
For me, it depends.  Certain varieties of hops that I know my wife doesn't like go into the trash.  Others go into the compost, but our bin is completely enclosed and no dogs around it.
I didn't quite get the decision making process. Are you punishing the hops your wife doesn't like?  ???
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015, 02:17:19 PM »
I have two dogs. Are they that toxic to them? Is it like chocolate were they can't break down certain compounds and then it builds up over time or just instantly bad. Also, besides just being organic matter, is it extra awesome as a plant nutrient or just like other stuff that goes in compost/mixed in with potting soil?


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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2015, 02:30:23 PM »

I have two dogs. Are they that toxic to them? Is it like chocolate were they can't break down certain compounds and then it builds up over time or just instantly bad. Also, besides just being organic matter, is it extra awesome as a plant nutrient or just like other stuff that goes in compost/mixed in with potting soil?


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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2015, 02:37:10 PM »
For me, it depends.  Certain varieties of hops that I know my wife doesn't like go into the trash.  Others go into the compost, but our bin is completely enclosed and no dogs around it.
I didn't quite get the decision making process. Are you punishing the hops your wife doesn't like?  ???

I was wondering the same thing.  Your wife can differentiate composted hops? Impressive.
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Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2015, 03:14:49 PM »
For me, it depends.  Certain varieties of hops that I know my wife doesn't like go into the trash.  Others go into the compost, but our bin is completely enclosed and no dogs around it.
I didn't quite get the decision making process. Are you punishing the hops your wife doesn't like?  ???
Pretty simple.  My wife usually deals with the compost bin while I'm dealing with cleanup.  So, at the point of mixing in the new compost material, she's going to be the one to smell it.

I was wondering the same thing.  Your wife can differentiate composted hops? Impressive.
lol nope, but she can certainly differentiate the hop aromas she likes or doesn't like straight out of the boil.
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