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Old 08-17-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Just got my hands on some fresh hops, and I'd like to age some for a brett beer I'll be brewing in the Spring. Now since they are fresh, do I need to dry them before I age them? If so, will a food dehydrator work? I have a warm spot in my house where I'll put the brown paper bag with them in it, I'm just concerned with whether or not they need to be dried beforehand.

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Old 08-17-2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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yes you need to dry hops to store them, however you dont need to age hops before using in a brett or sour ale so long as you are pitching a culture of bugs

the only reason to use large quantities of aged hops is when you are doing a spontaneous fermentation, and the reason aged hops are used is that you can add a lot of them which provides protection against bad bacteria but doesnt add much in the way of bitterness

so when pitching a culture you dont need to worry about bad bugs so bittering with whatever hop you have on hand to your desired IBU level is good enough

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Old 08-17-2010, 09:24 PM   #3
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Say I wanted to just for the novelty of it...would storing them in a paper bag in a warm place be the way to go?

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sounds fine, although with that limited amount of time you may just get cheesy hops rather than a clean flavor, I have some hops that Ive aged in my garage for ~2.5yrs that were very very cheesy for at least 1yr, and they still have a subtle hint of it

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