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Old 05-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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I just ordered 8lb of hops from Hops Direct, Cherries Direct - available today from Puterbaugh Farms and left the default shipping to UPS ground. They don't calculate shipping on the order form, so I thought they would contact me with shipping price and delivery times. I got my ups tracking number today (no communication about shipping prices/options....) and its going to take 10-11 days for the order to travel from WA to VA.

What affect will 10 days in a UPS truck have on my hops? I brew a couple 10 gallon batches a month so these need to last me a while. I ordered 8lbs for variety, not volume.

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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I ordered 50 pounds from them a couple weeks back... just call them in the future, they will tell you what shipping will be in a matter of 60 seconds on the phone. They have excellent customer service.

Thier shipping gets better as the volume goes up. Probably about 15-17 bucks in your case... got 50 pounds shipped for about $43.

The travel time will have no affect on your hops, they are vaccuum sealed in nitrogen purged bags.

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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I would bet the shipping will be around $12-15, but they will have a reciept in the box. They come in nitrogen flushed bags so the few days at elevated temps shouldn't have much of an effect on them.

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:46 PM   #4
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I ordered 12lbs of pellet hops from them last week. Shipping to TX was $14.58 - made it in less than a week perfectly packed and in great shape.

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:58 PM   #5
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Only way to get them much fresher than Hops Direct is to grow them yourself. Even at the LHBS, they sit on a truck somewhere for several days on the way to the store.

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Old 05-22-2009, 04:01 PM   #6
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I ordered 12lbs of pellet hops from them last week. Shipping to TX was $14.58 - made it in less than a week perfectly packed and in great shape.
I see the group buy was a success!!
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I see the group buy was a success!!
Indeed and your excel sheet helped a lot. Now I have about 4lbs of hops in my freezer waiting for some brewing.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:26 PM   #8
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I've never had an issue with the 7 day delivery times from WA to OH. I ordered 5# a couple days ago and they'll be here on Wednesday. I agree that their customer service is top notch. I always call to get shipping costs before I place the order - I was $13 to OH.

5# of hops coming in an 8# package. I'm guessing that's at least an extra pound of hops. I love that place.

Oh and in case anyone hasn't been there lately, they have Willamette leaf at $13/# ($.81/oz) and Willamette pellets at $10.50/# ($.65/oz).

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Yah we saw about 5 pounds of overage on our order.

Thier service is TOP notch. People shy away from places that dont tell you the shipping cost at checkout... but Puterbaugh doesnt know how many boxes or what size of box an order will take. SO CALL FOR A QUOTE... I called for about 6 quotes, they were really gracious.

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Fast, well-packed shipping seems to be what they do best. My 4# order arrived within 5 days of being placed (of course, I'm just in Portland), and went right into the freezer.

If you have a FoodSaver or Seal-A-Meal, get the mason jar lid attachment, then pop the leftovers into jars after you first open the nitrogen bags. Store the sealed jar in the freezer - then you'll always have fresh hops. It turns a bulk hop buy into the best investment ever!

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