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Old 07-10-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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How long will hops stay fresh? And whats the best way to preserve them?

I was considering buying some bulk hops from Fresh Hops but I don't want ot waste them if they go bad in a hurry. I'm only brewing a couple of times a month as things stand.

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Old 07-10-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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Freeze them, Vacuum seal them if you can. And use an oxygen barrier material if you can (like the foil bag they come in).

FWIW, if you order a pound of whole hops from freshops, you'll get closer to 2 lbs. And it will be a big package...like 15" x 15" x 6". Make sure it will fit in your freezer.

Discussed here as well: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...t=storing+hops

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Seal them in an airtight bag or vacum seal them and store them in the freezer. They will last over a year.

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Thats awesome. I don't know why but I assumed they'd only be good for a few weeks. Thanks.

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Think of it this way: Hops are harvested once a year and sold year-round. I buy in bulk right after the harvest (August for most hops), bag & freeze. The hop warehouses are cooled, but freezing is better.

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Think of it this way: Hops are harvested once a year and sold year-round.
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