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Old 11-06-2012, 12:53 AM   #21
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Yes, it is on my list of future improvements... Ideally I would like to grow and harvest my own hops :-)
Not an option for me (growing hops) since I'm using all UK hops. Besides, I have a freezer almost full of hops (been working on reducing how much is in there). It's the freezer that's the top second of my brew fridge (a 10 cubic foot freezer top fridge). I need to see how many pounds of hops I have in there currently.

BTW, look at what Farmhouse Brewing Supply has for prices on 4oz packets of hops. They offer package sizes of 1oz, 4oz and 1#... I used to get my hops from them in 4oz packets (all they offered at the time).
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:56 AM   #22
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Not an option for me (growing hops) since I'm using all UK hops. Besides, I have a freezer almost full of hops (been working on reducing how much is in there). It's the freezer that's the top second of my brew fridge (a 10 cubic foot freezer top fridge). I need to see how many pounds of hops I have in there currently.

BTW, look at what Farmhouse Brewing Supply has for prices on 4oz packets of hops. They offer package sizes of 1oz, 4oz and 1#... I used to get my hops from them in 4oz packets (all they offered at the time).
How do you estimate the shelf life of frozen hops (sealed and resealed)?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:20 AM   #23
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How do you estimate the shelf life of frozen hops (sealed and resealed)?
It is good to break them down to packages of 4 ounces if you buy pounds, and seal them. Do that and they will last a good 2 years.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:12 AM   #24
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Also used a large cooler for tun and when I poured in my 165 water it dropped to 130 so I had to drain some off several times and get it to boil and pour back over grain to get temp up .
preheat that tun. I heat water well over strike temp, then dump in the grain when it reaches strike temp. Stays steady for the hour.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:18 AM   #25
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Going AG was way way way cheaper for me... I did a stout, that for extract cost me over $60 all in.

I brewed a WAY bigger russian imperial stout, that was way bigger in AG, with more hops, and even more yeast for a starter, and it cost me only $42 bucks.

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Old 11-06-2012, 02:23 AM   #26
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That is way too much. I usually buy whole sacks and split sacks of specialty grain. That recipe would cost me about $14. It would cost $11 if I used washed yeast.
I 2nd that. Overspending seems to be what happened. Brew days typically run about 4.5 hours, and imo boiling 7.9 gal of water to 5 is too much. Try less sparge or mash water.
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It is good to break them down to packages of 4 ounces if you buy pounds, and seal them. Do that and they will last a good 2 years.
I've done that, as well as just put what's left into another vacuum sealed bag. I have plenty of bags for the food saver on hand, plus some rolls. When I was brewing at my buddy's place, I would break the pound of hops into 1-2oz packets to take with me. Made it easier that way.

I hope/expect to have all of the current hops used up before they are 2 years old. Luckily, most of them are still in their original sealed bags.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:39 AM   #28
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i spent 39.33 at my local and got
15 lb marris otter
1 lb crystal 2
3 oz palisade hops
1 lb corn sugar
and a pack of wyeast american ale
but there crusher sucks and i only got a 66% mash eff which really ticks me off

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My LHBS has bulk extract for $1.99/lb so i dont save any money and it takes more time but I like it.

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:37 PM   #30
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I don't know...being able to absolutely control the overall taste of the extract with AG would be worth more to me, but I'd agree that something isn't right here. I averaged $40-$55 for 5 gallon extract batches and between $25-$35 for all grain, depending on hops and whether I use premium yeast. If the bulk of the recipe is 2-row, it usually falls into the ~$20 range since I can buy that in bulk for cheap. And I'm in MT, where economy of scale makes everything more expensive.

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