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Old 10-22-2007, 04:02 AM   #1
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Default Who else bought 2 pounds of pellet hops

So who else on this forum bought two pounds of pellet hops in anticipation of this winters upcoming hop shortage? I did, but fear opening the large vaccuum sealed bags that are in my freezer, any ideas about what to do with them once the vaccuum sealed bag is openend. I was thinking of putting them in smaller zip lock bags and back in the freezer, but I am wondering if anyone knows of better ways of keeping them from being oxidized.

Additionally does anyone have a way of guaging the weight of the hops without a scale. I don't have one and since prior to this purchase I used to buy them by the ounce, I would usually just guess when I had to do a half ounce of something. I am somewhat regretting not buying about 30 different one ounce packs. Also

Oh and if you haven't got your hops for the winter yet, I would go do it now.

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I use a food saver and split them up with about 4oz in each bag. I suppose you could come up with some kind of generic conversion between a measuring cup and its weight but I'd really recommend just buying a scale.

A really cheap scale should be less than 10 bucks.

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I use a food saver and split them up with about 4oz in each bag. I suppose you could come up with some kind of generic conversion between a measuring cup and its weight but I'd really recommend just buying a scale.

A really cheap scale should be less than 10 bucks.
Someplace like target or walmart will have something you can use. However if you look around there's some really nice one's online.
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I made a large order about a week before the price increase. So I did get almost 2lbs of Magnum pellet and about another 17lbs of leaf hops.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=39974

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I bought about a day after the increase (DOH!). Have about 5 lb of pellets coming. Probably major overkill but maybe it'll prod me to brew more often... Also hedging against a complete lack of availability later in winter/spring.
I guess now I need to buy one of those food saver dealies, or borrow a friend's.
When I didn't have a scale, I used to pull out 4 identical bowls and visually split the hops into them. This was actually fairly precise, I recommend it if you can't swing a scale yet.

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I bought some of my commonly used hops for the year before the increase. I have opened two of the larger bags and stuck em in air-tight containers in my freezer for the time being.

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Yep, bought 3lbs last week in preparation, gives me a total of close to 6lbs of hops in the freezer. Get a scale from wal-mart, literally 3 or 4 bucks and it weighs out down to a half ounce, so you can kind of eye 1/4 or 1/3ounce. Or just weight out a half ounce and split it in half. Anyway, very cheap alternative to digital scales. You can also get those hanging scales used for letters for about 2 or 3 bucks at gas stations/pharmacies.

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Yup, I bought 5lbs. I just picked up a cheap scale at target for $15 or so.

I split them into 1oz increments, put them into sandwich sized freezer bags and put those into a big freezer bag. I also used one of those small co2 powered keyboard cleaners to purge the small bags of air. Then the whole shebang went into a box into the fridge.

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You guys have 4, 5 or even 6 pounds of hops sitting around your places. That is alot of hops, two pounds should last me through the winter, but you make it sound like I should buy another pound to be safe. The problem is that buying a whole pound really limits the recipes and flavors you can do. So now I pose this hypothetical question. If you were only able to have 3 types of hops, what three types would you buy to be able to brew the most recipes. I have two pounds coming, but am not contemplaing a third or fourth, but am at a loss as to what ones would be most versitile. Any suggestions.

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Depends on what styles you brew often. You can use the same hops for lots of different styles.

I bought

EKG
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