has anyone else opened up a bag of HD hops and found the smell to be off-putting? usually a freshly-opened bag of hops smells amazing to me, but 3 of my 4 HopDirect bags opened so far have stunk. i haven't opened the fourth yet, so i might yet be batting 1.000 on this one.
HOWEVER if this smell is the price i have to pay for well-packed damage-protected hops, then so be it. i'd rather have funny-smelling bags that damaged hops!
here's what i wrote in another thread:
Originally Posted by sweetcell
i opened my bag of legacy this weekend and used some in two batches. however, i couldn't get a good appreciation of the hops' aroma because (1) it was the first time i dealt with leaf hops - aroma is entirely different from pellets; and (2) the gas that they flush the bags with (nitrogen?) smells really strong. i've opened 3 bags from HopsDirect (including 1 pellet) and all three had that strong gas smell. ugh. t'was a very different experience from any other bags i've ever opened. typically i cut the bag open and stick my head inside to hyperventilate on the intoxicating smell. with the HD bags, i had to hold my nose. i'm assuming that the gas smell will be quickly boiled off and the hops true character will shine through... but what a downer.