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Old 11-15-2012, 06:04 PM   #111
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mine just came in. super stoked.

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Old 11-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #112
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Well, I feel a little better about the oniony smell I got. I'm by no means a super-smeller/taster (decades in a chemistry lab have killed my nose), but before I re-packaged the Belma hops, I'd done the same with a pack of Northdown (an older bag I opened a few weeks before from hopunion). Anyways, those smelled normal to me. The oniony smell of the Belma just kind of kicked me in the face. It wasn't at all like citra, or something citrusy and spicy. I will say that I think the powdery residue at the bottom of the bag smelled pretty normal.

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Old 11-15-2012, 06:38 PM   #113
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Were these oniony hops pellet or leaf?

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:04 PM   #114
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Were these oniony hops pellet or leaf?
I have both leaf and pellets. Leaf smelled normal. Pellets smelled like onion and garlic to me.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #115
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I normally use pellets. Glad I picked up leaf this time if that's the case with the pellet onion notes. Could be a rare occurance though like with Summit.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:23 PM   #116
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My pellets were fine. I'm not discrediting you folks that said that, just throwing it out there to prevent mass-hysteria.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:35 PM   #117
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Hopefully I did not get onion pellets.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #118
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Oh, my leaf smelled good, haven't checked my pellets. Didn't want to open the sealed packs, but noticed mine aren't vacuum sealed very well. Anyone else have loose bags? I mean, they're seal, but there's not a tight vacuum. Hate to lose the mylar and go to freezer backs.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:53 PM   #119
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Oh, my leaf smelled good, haven't checked my pellets. Didn't want to open the sealed packs, but noticed mine aren't vacuum sealed very well. Anyone else have loose bags? I mean, they're seal, but there's not a tight vacuum. Hate to lose the mylar and go to freezer backs.
Now that they purge the bags with nitrogen, they no longer vacuum seal the bags. The hops stay fresher that way. I'd say most of the hop industry is going towards nitrogen flushed bags. At least the bigger suppliers.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:30 PM   #120
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I am actually kind of sad about the change, but for a very silly reason - I liked to re-use the nice mylar bags during divvying up and resealing my hops - and these new nitrogen-flushed bags seem like they're too "slick" for my FoodSaver to find the air in the bag. It fails to vacuum pretty much every time. Just means I have to use more FoodSaver bags than I have in the past, that's all. Oh well.

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