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Old 05-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #301
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Originally Posted by cval
holy thread resurrection! but yeah, i figured i'd tell my tell if by any chance anyone not from the USA was wondering how did the shipping turn out.

hats off to hops direct, they really went above their job in order to secure my order. They waited for quite a few days 'til paypal cleared my banking account and shipment only took a day or so after payment.

most of the bags are 2.5oz over and i could not be happier about it, all of them seem to be filled with some nitro (won't open'em until my next brewing season in about a month) and they were covered with some paper to minimize whatever impacts the box could get.

i'd strongly recommend hops direct if you're importing from mexico (or any of the countries in south & central america for that matter). Mexico has a zero tax for hops so that's a plus.

on the other hand, the USPS took over 20 days to clear customs, once they did send the package across the board, it took three days for it to arrive at my door.

my guess is hops will not be spoiled at all for spending over 25 days without a freezer and in any case, i'll just use 3% more of each and forget about it.

to sum up: do buy from hopsdirect, excellent service and quality packing!
They are great!
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:47 AM   #302
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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:

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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.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:21 PM   #303
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I've been blown away by the quality of the hops from these guys. Really happy with my Hops Direct order!


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Old 07-31-2012, 04:49 PM   #304
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I've been blown away by the quality of the hops from these guys. Really happy with my Hops Direct order!
They're the greatest! Looking forward to September when they have more available...
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:32 PM   #305
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I looked into buying there. the prices are great but I only need 2 lbs and the shipping is the same for 2 as it is for 5lbs. It was more than twice what shipping from another source. I don't want to pay for shipping 5lbs when I only am getting 2lbs. If I could afford 5lbs right now it would be a different story.

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