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Offline brushvalleybrewer

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Should I wash my hops?
« on: August 30, 2011, 03:57:30 pm »
I’m going to do my first harvest ale with my own hops over Labor Day. Should I rinse them off before throwing them in the boil?

I’m thinking if there are any bugs on them, that may give them an opportunity to leave.
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Re: Should I wash my hops?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 04:02:07 pm »
Just throw them in.
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Re: Should I wash my hops?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 04:03:53 pm »
Okay then!

As a follow up…

Does the protein in the bugs aid in head retention?  :D
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Re: Should I wash my hops?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2011, 04:26:08 pm »
Doesn't hurt!   ;D

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Re: Should I wash my hops?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 07:28:00 pm »
I find that bugs add a pleasant yet subtle earthiness that you just can't get from rinsed hops.

And I'm pulling your leg.   ;D

But you can and should indeed just throw 'em in.  Don't forget that if you're using fresh undried hops, you need to use 5 times as much by weight as you would use for dry because 80% of them is flavorless water weight.
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Re: Should I wash my hops?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 06:23:04 am »
I find that bugs add a pleasant yet subtle earthiness that you just can't get from rinsed hops.

 :D

I found that if I let them sit overnight outside,
most critters voluntarily vacate the premises!

Have fun.