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Old 09-09-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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So I ordered some fresh wet hops that arrived today - and I'm somewhat disappointed. I opened the brown paper bag and it smelled like hops and basement and the hops were a brown - green color. How do I know if they are ok to use or if I should dump them?

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Old 09-09-2011, 11:25 PM   #2
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:54 AM   #3
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Eeeewww, do they smell cheesy? They certainly don't look fresh do they? They look to be rotting. How can anyone ship fresh hops anywhere and expect them to stay fresh?

Is that the response you were hoping for? Seriously, they look dead, I wouldn't put them in my beer. But then again, I can go out back and get fresh hops so, to each their own?

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Old 09-10-2011, 02:17 PM   #4
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what were the hops sealed in??? if you can smell the hops through the bag they are sealed in then they are packaged the wrong way.

sounds like you hops are bad, really bad. i would complain to the vendor.

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Old 09-10-2011, 02:22 PM   #5
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I harvested last week, put them in paper bags and gave them out for free, I hope they don't look like that now...

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Old 09-10-2011, 02:42 PM   #6
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That happens pretty quickly to wet hops if they aren't dried. i ruined a pound of my own because I forgot about them for 2 days in a paper bag. I am not sure how you can ship wet hops without that happening

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That happens pretty quickly to wet hops if they aren't dried. i ruined a pound of my own because I forgot about them for 2 days in a paper bag. I am not sure how you can ship wet hops without that happening
You'd have to freeze them and keep them on dry ice in transit, probably in a styrofoam cooler
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:58 PM   #8
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You want to brew with wet hops the day they are picked.

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Old 09-10-2011, 07:12 PM   #9
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I have some bad looking hops too. I had thought they would be vac sealed and iced before shippping, but they weren't. They don't look spoiled but they sure as heck don't look fresh. I ordered through Rebel Brewer.

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Old 09-10-2011, 08:00 PM   #10
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I wonder if these vendors have ever sold wet hops before? It's really not something you can ship around the country by UPS. It's like buying fresh ocean fish in the midwest, you would be better off with flash frozen fish.

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