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Old 06-03-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hi, new guy here. I did a search for bulk hops and found a place called herballovemall.com They sell organic hops of an unspecified variety for $11.79 per lb. They call it Frontier's whole flower hops. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about it. For that price it might be worth trying. Is there such a thing as bad hops? Thanks in advance for any info.

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Old 06-03-2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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$11.79/lb is pretty good price, but I am unfamiliar with that place. But a good source for cheap hops is hopsdirect.com. I think there are a lot of users here that buy from them (myself included).

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Old 06-03-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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Well, I was on hopsdirect the other day and the few varities I was looking at were ~$17/lb. Even if you're brewing IPAs, that would be what, an extra dollar (at most) per batch to get a hop that you KNOW is good for brewing? Two or three cents a pint to not futz around, to get a beer that's not going to have old hops or weird flavors or not be something you can replicate?

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Hops sold by herbal companies tend to be very low AA varieties called 'tea' hops. The idea being you're brewing a hop tea for it's sedative effects and you want minimal bitterness. Might be OK for flavor/aroma, but I wouldn't buy them over the Internet. In a store, maybe.

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Old 06-04-2009, 01:53 AM   #5
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I did check out hops direct, too. Centennial for $20 a pound is an awesome deal compared to $3.99 an ounce at the liquor barn, which is where i get most of my supplies(just because it is close to home and no shipping) Thanks for the info.

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Yeah, stick with hopsdirect. Their current best deal is Willamette pellets for $10.50/lb which is crazy good. If I didn't already have 1/2 lb in my freezer (which cost me about the same as this lb), I'd be all over this like flies on . . . .

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