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Old 09-08-2005, 04:32 PM   #1
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What's the best way to store hops after you've opened them? I've got a couple half used 1 oz pkgs, and I've been thinking about ordering a couple lbs of leaf hops, if they can be kept fresh for a while. Is double bagging in ziplocks good enough, or do I need one of those fancy vacuum sealers, or what?

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Old 09-08-2005, 04:44 PM   #2
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use ziplocks (remove as much of the air as possible) and store them in the freezer. they should keep fine for quite a while that way. If you'll be using them within 6 months, you should have no problems. After 6 months or more they might slowly start to degrade with respect to alpha acid content, but that just means you need to use more of them to get the desired bitterness after long storage.

of course, vacuum sealers would be ideal. if you've got that kind of money to spend on your hobby, go for it.

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Old 09-08-2005, 04:49 PM   #3
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I store mine in the freezer in ziplock bags up to 6 months without any noticable effects.

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Same here. On my last order from Freshops, some of the hops actually came in a reusable ziplock bag!

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What's the best way to store hops after you've opened them? I've got a couple half used 1 oz pkgs, and I've been thinking about ordering a couple lbs of leaf hops, if they can be kept fresh for a while. Is double bagging in ziplocks good enough, or do I need one of those fancy vacuum sealers, or what?
That's a good question, and one which I was recently pondering. While we are on the question of storage of leftover brewing supplies, how should LME be stored, and how long will it last?
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Old 09-08-2005, 05:09 PM   #6
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I store my LME out of the light, away in a dark closet. Not sure how long it lasts as I've never been able to keep supplies around long without brewing (I do prefer DME). I think there's a thread here that discusses lifespans of LME and DME. This is the only one I'm hitting on:

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Old 09-08-2005, 05:16 PM   #7
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I actually recently asked this question to the guys at the local shop. The summary of their response follows:

LME is a pretty damn viscous liquid, and nasty stuff is going to have a hard time setting it's roots in. Think of it in the same way as you would maple syrup. It takes forever for it to go bad, especially if kept in the fridge. If you *DO* see anything on the surface of it that looks bad, spoon it off... the rest is most likely still fine. And, after all, you ARE going to boil it when you use it.

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I have been amassing quite the collection of hops in my fridge. my LHBS sells in 2oz ziplock bags so I just reseal and ot away. Since I've been doing lagers lately I hardly use any at one time.

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I have been amassing quite the collection of hops in my fridge.
Not in your freezer?
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Not in your freezer?
I would imagine refrigetor temps are fine. Maybe not for 6 months... but, everytime I go to my local HBS their hops are stored in a regular refrigerator. Like most things, they can be stored fine at refrigerator temps, but will stay longer in the freezer.
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