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Old 01-29-2013, 03:57 AM   #1
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Well, I can't believe I have never done this before but I just order a couple pounds of hops online and man is it difficult to not get carried away. One place had five dollars flat rate shipping so I at one point had like six pounds in my cart thinking "Wow this is a great deal when thinking by the ounce!". Another had just great prices overall and adding a pound didn't really increase shipping by much so I had four pounds in my cart.

Then reality came in. I started thinking about my freezer space (or lack there of) and my bank account (or lack there of) and what the fact that I've been brewing 2.5 gallon batches lately and that it would take me an eternity to get through all those hops which I may get sick of at some point. And then I thought back to my initial reason for going online which was to get a cheaper pound of EKG hops because I always like to have a EKG bitter on hand.

So, in the end I wound up getting one pound of the US Goldings because they were way cheaper and seem to have favorable reviews compared to EKG and a pound of Nugget hops because they were $8.99 and I like their potential for bittering and mixing up some late additions.

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That is why I buy the 4oz bag from Farm House Brewing Supplies. Just the right size for my bulk purchases.

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Man, I have the same issues. I ordered 4 lbs a while back and find myself consistently having to substitute what I want to use for what I have too much of. I'm going to stick with cascade and centennial for my bulk purchases and get the rest from my LHBS from now on...the cost savings just aren't worth it to me.

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This year's harvest I bought 11# of hops. I brew 10 gallon batches, trying to shoot for at least a batch a month, and there's NO way I'll get through these hops before the next harvest...

Yeah, I went overboard.

Got 2# of Simcoe and 2# of Columbus, though. Those will come in handy

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Time to get a vacuum sealer! Buy by the pound, vacuum seal them in small quantities, and use them whenever you need them. I have some that are over a year old and they still smell fresh.

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Just store them in mason jars in the freezer with the air sucked out.

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Yup. I just bought 17lbs from eBay. They are supposed to be 2012 harvest, including 11lbs of Columbus, 2# of Goldings, and 1# each of Columbia, Fuggle, Magnum and Willamette. Spent less than $10/lb including shipping so i dont feel too bad.

It all started on HopsDirect's website with their outrageous shipping charges, I was gonna try some of their belma as it was cheap, but I was gonna pay more in shipping than the cost of the hops.

I'm hoping my brew buddy will take some off my hands.

I have a Food Saver, what is my best approach? Divide into lots of 1oz bags, or just one large bag for each and reseal after each use?

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What's the best source for hops? I pay around $2-3 per oz at my lhbs and want to make an IPA soon that I think will cost a fortune. Do you guys recommend an online retailer if I'm looking to buy by the pound?

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Yup. I just bought 17lbs from eBay. They are supposed to be 2012 harvest, including 11lbs of Columbus, 2# of Goldings, and 1# each of Columbia, Fuggle, Magnum and Willamette. Spent less than $10/lb including shipping so i dont feel too bad.

It all started on HopsDirect's website with their outrageous shipping charges, I was gonna try some of their belma as it was cheap, but I was gonna pay more in shipping than the cost of the hops.

I'm hoping my brew buddy will take some off my hands.

I have a Food Saver, what is my best approach? Divide into lots of 1oz bags, or just one large bag for each and reseal after each use?
I usually do 2oz bags.
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Time to get a vacuum sealer! Buy by the pound, vacuum seal them in small quantities, and use them whenever you need them. I have some that are over a year old and they still smell fresh.
I broke up two bags in the vacuum bags. Hops were kind of a pain the ass to bag up. Definitely saves space though.
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