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Old 05-06-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default Best Way to Store Hops?

Without getting one of those vacuum sealers?

Does anyone have any tips on how to store hops after opening the vacuum sealed bag?

I am thinking double bagging ziplock OR in 1/2 pint mason jars - then into the freezer with either.

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They won't store as well without the vacuum seal. I'd only give them a shelf life of a few months. The foodsavers are a life saver in my opinion. I bought one for $60 and use it to store all my leftover grains and hops in air tight bags.



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i prefer to store my hops in beer

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They won't store as well without the vacuum seal. I'd only give them a shelf life of a few months. The foodsavers are a life saver in my opinion. I bought one for $60 and use it to store all my leftover grains and hops in air tight bags.
Foodsaver for sure. Seal 'em up and stick 'em in the freezer.
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This is my method. I get those really small snack sized ziplock baggies and fill each one up with an ounce of hops. I insert a small red straw stirrer into the bag and seal the whole thing up to the straw. Then I suck all of the air out through the straw, pull it out and seal the last small section. Then I fold the top of the bag over, tape it with masking tape, wrap the whole thing in aluminum and throw it in the freezer.

I hope that makes sense. I also know this isn't the ideal method but I love trying to do as much as possible on the cheap.

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This is my method. I get those really small snack sized ziplock baggies and fill each one up with an ounce of hops. I insert a small red straw stirrer into the bag and seal the whole thing up to the straw. Then I suck all of the air out through the straw, pull it out and seal the last small section. Then I fold the top of the bag over, tape it with masking tape, wrap the whole thing in aluminum and throw it in the freezer.

I hope that makes sense. I also know this isn't the ideal method but I love trying to do as much as possible on the cheap.
That's a lot of work for something a foodsaver can do in 10 seconds. Time is money...
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They won't store as well without the vacuum seal. I'd only give them a shelf life of a few months. The foodsavers are a life saver in my opinion. I bought one for $60 and use it to store all my leftover grains and hops in air tight bags.

My actual experience contradicts your opinion.

I have pellet hops at 18 months that are held in ziplocks in the freezer that are still quite viable. The leaf hops degraded in color, but still work quite well.

The hop age calculators on promash or the brewers lair site work quite well, though I find the hops will hold more AA than the calculations give them. Be careful of overhopping the lighter styles.

The calculators show vacuum sealed to maintain 1% better AA for the most part.

So relax, ziplock them and wait for the food saver to go on sale or to find one at the grocery store.
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My actual experience contradicts your opinion.

I have pellet hops at 18 months that are held in ziplocks in the freezer that are still quite viable. The leaf hops degraded in color, but still work quite well.

The hop age calculators on promash or the brewers lair site work quite well, though I find the hops will hold more AA than the calculations give them. Be careful of overhopping the lighter styles.

The calculators show vacuum sealed to maintain 1% better AA for the most part.

So relax, ziplock them and wait for the food saver to go on sale or to find one at the grocery store.
I would assume the quality of bags come into play at this point then. I'm cheap so I buy crap ziplocs. I've had hops go bad after 3-4 months in the freezer.
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Ziplocks, and other similar bags are oxygen permeable, I would think that the freezer bags would be slightly better, but more than likely are o2 permeable as well.

If you can smell the hops through the bag then they are not oxygen barrier. o2 will slowly be permeating through the plastic which over time will stale your hops.

Storing them in the freezer will help to keep them longer, but those bags will definitely oxidize your hops over time.

The absolute best way to store your hops would be in vacuum sealed mason jars. Food Saver makes a jar adapter that will suck the air out of the jars with the lid on. Oxygen cannot permeate through glass, and the seals on the jars are designed so that o2 cannot get in (designed for canning).

Just my .02 on the subject.



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