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Old 08-23-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about stopping by the store or ordering a Vacuum Sealer online so I can store my hops well. Any suggestions on where/what to purchase?

I'd like to get the fancy looking foil bags that I have seen from a couple HB Stores -- where can I get those?

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I'm thinking about stopping by the store or ordering a Vacuum Sealer online so I can store my hops well. Any suggestions on where/what to purchase?

I'd like to get the fancy looking foil bags that I have seen from a couple HB Stores -- where can I get those?
Why not use Mason jars... you buy them once, never have to buy them again. No waste.

I recommend the FoodSaver

The problem with the foil type bags is that they have no vaccuum channels in them. The side walls are smooth... in a home vaccuum sealer, they wont get a vaccuum.

This is why vaccuum seal bags have that cross hatch pattern in the plastic, it gives the air a channel to get sucked out.
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Why not use Mason jars... you buy them once, never have to buy them again. No waste.

I recommend the FoodSaver

The problem with the foil type bags is that they have no vaccuum channels in them. The side walls are smooth... in a home vaccuum sealer, they wont get a vaccuum.

This is why vaccuum seal bags have that cross hatch pattern in the plastic, it gives the air a channel to get sucked out.
I love the pic you posted of your hops in the mason jars.

Is there anything specific to look out for? As long as the FoodSaver (or competitor) has the option for canning? I assume there is some special mason jar attachment?

You just weigh out your hops and re-seal the mason jar, right? Do you put the jars in the fridge/freezer? Or do you not have to since they are vacuum sealed?

Is there a specific model you recommend?
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I love the pic you posted of your hops in the mason jars.

Is there anything specific to look out for? As long as the FoodSaver (or competitor) has the option for canning? I assume there is some special mason jar attachment?

You just weigh out your hops and re-seal the mason jar, right? Do you put the jars in the fridge/freezer? Or do you not have to since they are vacuum sealed?

Is there a specific model you recommend?
There is an attachment that allows you to seal mason jars. Mine came with it.

Yeah, just pop open the jar, measure out the hops, then reseal. I store mine in a freezer, even though they are sealed.

I dont recommend any model, I think all the FoodSavers are awesome.
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I dont recommend any model, I think all the FoodSavers are awesome.
IIRC, Pol and I got the same model - I think the 4760 (?) - with a really big discount when someone posted a coupon link on here.

keep an eye out.

I haven't used the mason jar attachment yet, but I have used the jar(s) that it comes with (a special foodsaver jar and lid)
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The problem with the foil type bags is that they have no vaccuum channels in them. The side walls are smooth... in a home vaccuum sealer, they wont get a vaccuum.

This is why vaccuum seal bags have that cross hatch pattern in the plastic, it gives the air a channel to get sucked out.
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DVD? Mine didnt come with a DVD!
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So you buy a foodsaver and then put your hops in it and it sucks the air out while you put on the lid?

Can I get any size mason jar at the store? Will there be any problems putting the jars in the freezer w/ a vacuum seal?

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When we had the Indy Hop Buy '09, I just used the food saver bags and broke my order into 1 oz bags.

If you play with the bags a bit, you can make 6 1oz bags (pellets) from a 8" piece of the 8" bags, and that was with a doubled up seal so I had room to cut the bags into individual 1 oz bags. The mason jar idea is pretty good also, I just wouldn't have enough space in my freezer.

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About how much hops can you fit in a mason jar? I'm guessing maybe 6oz whole or ... I dunno 10oz pellet?

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