Precautions when dry hopping?

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  1. Mar 17, 2019 at 1:19 PM #1

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    Hey guys,

    I'm about to dry hop an IPA with pellets according to a recipe. I'm worried about contaminating my brew!

    Any additional precautions that I could take to make sure it's ok? (Camden tables or something?)

    The pellets came straight out of a vacuum bag into a sanitised tub and into the fridge, but it has been 30 days. Was that a mistake? have some hops in the freezer if so.

    I've only had 1 batch ever go bad from contamination, and that was dry hopped. Of course it may have gone wrong somewhere else!

    Any help greatly appreciated as always
     
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    I would just weigh out the pellets you need, into a clean receptacle, and pitch them in, leaving the lid off the fermenter for a minimum of time. I always use leaf and put them in a hop bag, which increases the risk of contamination, but I've never had a problem. At this stage your beer's full of alcohol which will see off many bugs, and the hops themselves are bacteriostatic. I wouldn't add campden tablets.
     
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    I forgot to say, I hope your sanitised tub, which has contained you hops in the fridge for 30 days, had an equally sanitised lid on it, or at least some aluminium foil?
     
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    Throw them in loose, you won't have an issue.

    Hops are anti-microbial by default.
     
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    Yeah, tub has a lid and both were thoroughly sanitized on brew day!
     
  6. Mar 17, 2019 at 5:07 PM #6

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    Thanks very much guys, I'll follow your advice. You calmed my worries!

    Apologies if I put this question is slightly the wrong forum btw. I'm still getting used to the community
     
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