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Old 12-10-2009, 02:35 AM   #11
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Just wanted to add to the guy above me. There are actually beers in which you used 'aged' hops for a different effect. That is pretty much the only way you would want to use unfrozen hops that are 4 years old.
I wasn't advocating doing this, I'm just saying that hops don't go bad very quickly...
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:43 AM   #12
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Why would you have to discard? As long as you keep them vacuum sealed, they'll be good for so long. When I was at DFH this summer they were still using hops from 2005 and they weren't even frozen.
Did you work at Dogfish Head and that's the age of some of the hops? Just wondering for personal reference as I don't have enough experience with how hops age.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:38 PM   #13
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From some of the posts above and further checking on info on longer term storage, I've decided to just buy and use them myself.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in.

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Old 12-10-2009, 12:45 PM   #14
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Heck, if anything...

Buy the hops. If you find you have way too many, sell them (hops are easy to sell when you buy them for $.50/ounce) People cant find them for 3x that price anywhere else in most cases, in small qtys.

Sell any leftovers from your garage.

We put together an order this year and I fronted $1000 for the cost of the hops. If people were to have backed out, I probably would have made a 100% profit on my investment by selling them myself. Really.

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Old 12-10-2009, 09:00 PM   #15
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Did you work at Dogfish Head and that's the age of some of the hops? Just wondering for personal reference as I don't have enough experience with how hops age.
They were like 40-50 lb boxes of Magnum and they said 2005 on them. With DFH doing the construction, you have to walk through their warehouse so you get to see all their "stuff."
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:34 AM   #16
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Maybe they just use more of them(?)

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They were like 40-50 lb boxes of Magnum and they said 2005 on them. With DFH doing the construction, you have to walk through their warehouse so you get to see all their "stuff."
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