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Old 09-19-2007, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default Hop pellets bad?

I have just moved a John Bull IPA to my carboy from the primary fermentor and at the recommendation of my LHBS I bought a bag of pellets and a hop bag to dry hop during this stage. What I forgot to do for about a month was to keep the hops in the fridge, they have been in the sealed bag at around 70 degrees and they look ok but should I use them? My plan was to just throw them in the bag and stuff them down the carboy hole and let the bag sit until I transfer the beer to my keg.
Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 09-19-2007, 03:12 AM   #2
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I think they should be fine. I normally see hop pellets at my LHBS at room temperature and assume that they've been there for at least a couple of weeks (just my assumption though).

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They should be alright, only have to worry about light exposure. No need for the hop bag though, you can just toss them right in the carboy. They will settle out in a week or two.

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hops start turning from green to yellow/brown if they get oxidized. so if they look normal, they should be fine.

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They should be alright, only have to worry about light exposure. No need for the hop bag though, you can just toss them right in the carboy. They will settle out in a week or two.

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Agreed on all counts. Just open the bag, look at them, and smell them. If all is well, then all is well. And, save yourself the trouble of a hop beg when using pellets. After you toss them in, you may notice that they just spread out along the surface. You can rock the fermenter gently to get them to go in the beer, and your dry hopping will be done in a few days (or however long you wanted it to go).


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Old 09-19-2007, 07:21 PM   #6
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As long as your package was sealed and out of direct sunlight or fluorescent light you should be fine. If you plan on saving your packaged hops you should store them in the freezer, though.

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Old 09-19-2007, 07:58 PM   #7
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If they were your bittering hops I would be skeptical for use. Since you're not going to get any AA out of them anyways go right ahead.

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I normally see hop pellets at my LHBS at room temperature.
Seems wrong to me......never seen them not out of a fridge in an LHBS....
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