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Old 06-19-2006, 08:20 PM   #1
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For those of you that have ordered from Hops Direct.
Were you pleased with your experience?, would you order from them again?, or would you suggest another supplier? I am thinking of placing an order for four or five different varieties, so that I will have plenty of hops on hand. I have seen past posts that others have placed orders with them, but never really followed up on how happy they were with the order. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:31 PM   #2
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They are very prompt, have good prices, quality product, and they deliver *at least* the quantity you ordered (often more). What's not to like?

My only problem is that I don't brew enough to purchase hops is quanitity very often.

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Old 06-19-2006, 08:45 PM   #3
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My only problem is that I don't brew enough to purchase hops is quanitity very often.
Yeah, we GRABASS'ers did a group buy and I've still got a lot of of hops! Definitely best to find other likeminded brewers and split an order. I think we got around an extra 1/2# or so for every 1# we ordered. All of the hops I got looked fresh and had relatively few vines/extra stuff.

OTOH, at this point you might consider waiting for the new crops in the fall unless you're really going to do a lot of brewing between now and then.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:54 PM   #4
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freshops.com allows for manageable sizes and the quality is excellent. Only problem is that the selection is a little lacking, but it's hard to find a lot of varieties in whole or plug form.

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I think minimum orders are for a lb. of each variety. Has anyone an opinion on Freshops? They allow orders of in ounces.

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4-5 varieties is going to give you a LOT of hops. Hope you got some friends to share them with or have a dedicated hop fridge/freezer .

A 1# bag comes the size of a pillow and like others said you'll get more than 1#. I ordered 1# nugget and 1# cascade from them and got hops coming out of my ying-yang.

Great place to buy whole hops though. Next time I order I got to find some locals to go in on ordering with as I can't store everything I want with 1+# orders just for me.

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I do have a vacuum sealer and a freezer (above the kegerator) that could be dedicated to the storage. I am just afraid that even vacuum sealed they are going to burst the old freezer's seams. That is a huge amount of hops.
I guess it would be best to order from a place like fresh hops that allows for more manageable quantities.

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I vacumm sealed mine as well. I basically only buy from hopsdirect what I know I use often (Cascade/Nugget here). I'm lucky, the other hops I need not quite as often I just get locally on the way home from work...

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I measure mine into 1.1 oz and .55 oz bags then vacuum seal them. The last one is just "extra". I'll throw it into a batch whenever the thrill hits me.

I write on the bags first with a CD marker. Works real well.

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They are very prompt, have good prices, quality product, and they deliver *at least* the quantity you ordered (often more).
I did a search to see if anyone here had a similar experience, and sure enough, I'm not the only one!

I just received my first Hops Direct order - 1# E.K. Goldings and 1# German Tettnanger. I thought I'd vacuum seal them into convenient 3 oz bags, and after I bagged 18 oz of Tettnanger, I decided to measure the total weight. Seems they shipped me 1 lb + 12 oz of each variety! I'll be ordering from them again!!!

(Total cost was $27, including shipping...that's $0.48 per oz!)



Hope none of the local high school kids saw me bagging this stuff! We'll have a whole neighborhood of dry hopped kids with "bitter beer face" from their 500 IBU brownies!
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