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bsyoung 09-05-2012 11:59 PM

Storing hop pellets
 
What is the best way to store hop pellets? Should I freeze them or is the fridge okay?

nukebrewer 09-06-2012 12:08 AM

You'll get the most longevity from vacuum sealing and freezing. The fridge will be ok if you can't freeze them, but I would freeze them as soon as you can. If you choose to vacuum seal, make sure you get a quality vacuum sealer. I've tried two different products, Ziploc Vacuum Bag System and the equivalent from FoodSaver, and they're both crap, at least for hops. I'm not speaking ill of FoodSaver in general, but they're little handheld vacuum and zippered bag are crap. I'm sure their higher end system works well, but I don't know from experience.

bsyoung 09-06-2012 12:10 AM

Thanks for the advice

E-Mursed 09-06-2012 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by nukebrewer (Post 4389900)
You'll get the most longevity from vacuum sealing and freezing. The fridge will be ok if you can't freeze them, but I would freeze them as soon as you can. If you choose to vacuum seal, make sure you get a quality vacuum sealer. I've tried two different products, Ziploc Vacuum Bag System and the equivalent from FoodSaver, and they're both crap, at least for hops. I'm not speaking ill of FoodSaver in general, but they're little handheld vacuum and zippered bag are crap. I'm sure their higher end system works well, but I don't know from experience.

The Ziploc's and Foodsaver type zip bags are not good for freezing but are OK for the fridge and pantry.

If you go the freezer route, get a prototypical Foodsaver that heat seals and use it to store your hops in the freezer. It also has a thousand other uses to seal and save money - especially with food.

nukebrewer 09-06-2012 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by E-Mursed (Post 4389932)
The Ziploc's and Foodsaver type zip bags are not good for freezing but are OK for the fridge and pantry.

If you go the freezer route, get a prototypical Foodsaver that heat seals and use it to store your hops in the freezer. It also has a thousand other uses to seal and save money - especially with food.

The problem I had with both of them is that they kept losing their seal and filling back up with air. I'm definitely going the quality route and getting the kind that heat seals. I've got 6.5 pounds of hops that need to be prepared for long term storage. They've been in the freezer since I got them, but I want to seal them to minimize the degradation of the alpha acids.

GlenF 09-06-2012 01:13 AM

Get wide-mouth mason jars.
Get one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-T03-.../dp/B00005TN7H
http://www.homevacuumsealer.com/wp-c...er-150x150.jpg

Get one of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-b...kit-92474.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...mage_11800.jpg

The brake bleeder cone fits into the hole in the jar sealer. Use whatever size mason jars you want. Use hops, reseal, repeat.

E-Mursed 09-06-2012 01:19 AM

I have over 25 pounds of hops in my freezer....all heat sealed.

You can do the mason jar lids with a full size Foodsaver.
I wouldn't trust my hops to any Harbor Freight - MacGyver rig....JMO.

GlenF 09-06-2012 01:57 AM

I can get 15-20 negative psi or whatever. It vacuum seals the can. What can the $120 food sealer do?

cabron99 09-06-2012 01:58 AM

Get some plastic soda bottles, install a tire stem in the top. Fill a bottle with hops and pressurize with CO2. Purge twice and freeze. I use a tire nozzle hooked up to my main tank. So easy and works so well.

Jukas 09-06-2012 02:46 AM

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Originally Posted by GlenF (Post 4390215)
I can get 15-20 negative psi or whatever. It vacuum seals the can. What can the $120 food sealer do?

Make buying steak or seafood in bulk worthwhile? Vacuum seal fruit for freezing for later batches? Seal a vacuum seal container for marinating meat?

Oh and also seal your hops for long term storage. Plus I find it much easier to store hops in bags than mason jars as far as freezer space goes.


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