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Old 12-31-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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Just wondering what the shelf life of hops. I'm guessing pellet hops last longer than leaf hops but how much for each type? I was considering buying bulk hops to make sure I have them on hand but it would be a waste if they went stale before using them.



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Old 12-31-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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Depends on storage. If you vacuum seal and freeze it's possible to keep them for a year or more.



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Old 12-31-2007, 09:36 PM   #3
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The current BYO says 2-3 years if they are packaged right and froze properly, they will loose a bit but should be no biggy. They said some pro brewers even prefer to age their hops before using them.
I just read it this morning and already cant remember exactly what they said but that was the gist of it.

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Old 12-31-2007, 09:47 PM   #4
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I have 2# that sat for 14 months, the Open bag had to go the sealed ones I am using and have found them to be a little less potent.. I am using and extra 20% to get the same bitterness

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Old 12-31-2007, 09:58 PM   #5
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Throw them into the freezer, you should be OK for at least a year or so.

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Old 12-31-2007, 10:16 PM   #6
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i usually parcel my bulk buys out into 2 oz freezer bags. works well, and the seems to last forerever

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Old 12-31-2007, 11:13 PM   #7
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I've got a couple pounds from Hops Direct that I received more than a year ago. I vacuum sealed and froze them as soon as they arrived. I brewed with them yesterday and they smelled quite fresh.
I was contemplating throwing them out until this shortage hit. Now I'm glad I kept them. I will probably start adjusting my additions to account for age but first I want to see how they performed in my latest batch.

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Pellet hops that are sealed air-tight should hold in in the freezer for 3 years or so.

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I just ran some Cascade thru Beersmith's Hop Age feature:

Vacuum packed 0º
0 months 6.9%
12 months 6.11%
24 months 5.42%
36 months 4.8%
48 months 4.25%
60 months 3.77%

Poly Bag 0º
0 months 6.9%
12 months 5.42%
24 months 4.25%
36 months 3.34%
48 months 2.62%
60 months 2.06%

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I just found some hops sealed but were left out for a couple months, still good??



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