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Offline glennsorrentino

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Hops and bugs
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:33:23 PM »
Hi all - I've been growing hops in my backyard for a few years now, and I've learned that the vines LOVE attracting stuff - bugs, dirt, spider webs, other airborne things...

I just pulled a bunch down, and as I was, lots of particulates were also coming off of them. Looking at the leaves, and then the hops, there are A LOT of aphids and other living creatures.

I've read on this forum and others not to wash your hops - but I want to ask again - should I wash the hops? I  sprayed down the rest of the hops on the vine to see if this helps when I pull down more later. If I shouldn't wash them, should they be trashed? You can see in the image below pretty clearly the level of infestation I'm finding...

« Last Edit: September 16, 2018, 10:22:18 PM by glennsorrentino »

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Re: Hops and bugs
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 04:37:56 AM »
I suggest not washing the hops but rather freezing them first. Freeze them good. That should kill most of the living things on them, especially the aphids, and they'll then be safer to use.

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Re: Hops and bugs
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2018, 02:44:58 PM »
I guarantee you that no hop producer washes their hops.  Especially if you intend to dry them before using, it's unnecessary.
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Re: Hops and bugs
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 05:01:40 PM »
The bugs should leave once you’ve removed the hops from the vine and let them dry out a bit.
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Re: Hops and bugs
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 10:49:55 PM »
I guarantee you that no hop producer washes their hops.  Especially if you intend to dry them before using, it's unnecessary.
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between drying them, then freezing them, and boiling them- there's little chance that a few tiny insects are going to harm anything.

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Re: Hops and bugs
« Reply #5 on: Today at 02:18:08 PM »
I say don't wash. For next year find a nursery or someplace similar that sells lady bugs. I think you can buy them online too. Lady bugs will go after the aphids.
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Re: Hops and bugs
« Reply #6 on: Today at 04:43:38 PM »
I say don't wash. For next year find a nursery or someplace similar that sells lady bugs. I think you can buy them online too. Lady bugs will go after the aphids.

we bought a bunch of lady bugs one year, they ate the aphids. then they got hungry and flew off looking for food. the aphids came back, the ladybugs didn't.
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