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Old 01-14-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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I got a large amount of pellet hops. How can I keep them fresh? Can I freeze them ?

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:09 AM   #2
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Yeah, you can use a FoodSaver to package the hops and then freeze them. I will also break some of them down into smaller 2oz and 4 oz portions.

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:13 AM   #3
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Yeah, you can use a FoodSaver to package the hops and then freeze them. I will also break some of them down into smaller 2oz and 4 oz portions.
What if I don't have a food saver?
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I actually have a Rival vacuum sealer...much cheaper than a FoodSaver. I think I got it for $20-30...nothing fancy, just vacuums and seals. I even think Wally World sells them. It's a good investment to make especially if you will be getting hops in bulk so that you can preserve their freshness.

You might be able to use ziploc bags and try to get all the air out, but that would probably be best suited for short term storage.

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:25 AM   #5
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I actually have a Rival vacuum sealer...much cheaper than a FoodSaver. I think I got it for $20-30...nothing fancy, just vacuums and seals. I even think Wally World sells them. It's a good investment to make especially if you will be getting hops in bulk so that you can preserve their freshness.

You might be able to use ziploc bags and try to get all the air out, but that would probably be best suited for short term storage.
What would you call short term?
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Mason jars work as well. You can flood the jar with Nitrogen or CO2 in lieu of the vacuum sealing.

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Old 01-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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Found this bit of info for storing in freezer ziploc bags:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/best...ml#post2047403

It seems that hops can be stored in freezer ziplocs for months with little degradation of %AA. There are a few different ideas for you for storing hops without using a FoodSaver. In the past, I have also used the Ziploc hand held pump, which worked relatively well.

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I just barely cut the o2 bags in the corner. Then I just roll the hops up tight, try to get as much air out as possible. Secure with a rubberband and store in the freezer inside a mason jar. Works well. I've used hops that are 6+ months with great results.

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