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Old 07-12-2010, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Hops still good after being left out?

I left some hops out on the counter in my 70-75 degree basement for about a week. They were in the foil package they came in which was folded over tightly at the opening but not completely air-tight. Are they still good?

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Old 07-12-2010, 01:57 AM   #2
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Smell them. If they smell cheesey, I wouldn't use them. I'm sure they've lost a little potential, but they're still most likely usable.

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:07 AM   #3
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Yes, they are still good!

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:21 AM   #4
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Smell them. If they smell cheesey, I wouldn't use them. I'm sure they've lost a little potential, but they're still most likely usable.
Literally like cheese? They definitely smell like hops, maybe cheese and hops, I can't tell.
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A week is nothing. Even totally unsealed (sitting in an open bowl), they'd only lose about 2% of their alphas at those temps (e.g. going from 10% AA to 9.8% AA).

There's a useful calculator here for determining alpha loss due to hop aging: http://brewerslair.com/index.php?p=b...id=cal16&u=eng

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Literally like cheese? They definitely smell like hops, maybe cheese and hops, I can't tell.
The cheese thing is very obvious. If you can't tell, you don't have it.
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If someone said throw them out if they smell like oatmeal cookies I think you would have been predisposed to thinking oatmeal. More than likely they are fine, however if they were already in a bad state, that time and temp can push them over the edge. Let someone else smell them and don't alert them to the cheese thing.

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Heck, some stores don't even keep their hops in a fridge/freezer.

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Heck, some stores don't even keep their hops in a fridge/freezer.
I'd be a little concerned about buying hops from a shop that doesn't keep them cold. Unless they do very high volume sales and the hops are only out for a week or so, I'd be too scared to buy them.
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