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The Necessity For Sanitizing Everything Post-Chilling


Dirk Megarry — Biwabik, Minnesota asks,

I’m enjoying your videos on BYO+ and have a follow-up question on dry hopping. I dry hop using a steel mesh ball that works really well. My method is to sterilize the ball, string, etc. before adding to the fermenter (about 4–7 days prior to kegging). Is this overkill due to the anti-microbial effect of hops (potential imparting of cleaning chemicals into the beer)? Can I skip the sanitize step as long as I ensure everything is clean?

This question is timely; the last time I brewed I was daydreaming about the necessity of sanitizing everything that touches beer after wort cooling because the use of sanitizers is relatively new
Response by Ashton Lewis.