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Old 11-14-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Forgot to freeze the hops

UPS delivered my Pale Ale extract kit from Northern Brewer on Thursday, got home and forgot to freeze the hops (3 oz Cascade pellets), I just threw them into the freezer. What are the chances those hops are shot? I had 3 oz Cascade already in the freezer which I planned on using, this way I rotate them.

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:35 AM   #2
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those hop pellets come vac sealed and don't need freezing. throw them in the fridge and your fine

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:36 AM   #3
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yeah, rdwhahb!

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:44 AM   #4
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that's what I wanted to hear thanks

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:55 AM   #5
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I have never frozen hops from NB, just put them in the fridge. Since they are vacuum-packed, I wouldn't worry, just relax RDWHAHB.

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Old 11-14-2010, 04:34 AM   #6
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Until recently I have never even put hops in the fridge. Probably not the best way to keep them but I can't imagine much harm being done to them unless it is really hot and you leave them out for a few weeks.

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:37 PM   #7
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How about hops in a zip-lock bag? I used 0.5 oz. of a pack and have the other half leftover. Should those go in the freezer, or is the fridge ok for a short time (few weeks maybe) ?

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:39 PM   #8
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Now I am thinking I am an idiot. My dfh 90 min has been in the primary for 14 days and my hops that I was going to dryhop with have been sitting in my fridge for 15 days. These hops are in small ziplock bags but are not air tight by any means. It looks like I should have frozen them? I was going to transfer this week and dryhop one week later so I can have beer in the secondary for 2 weeks. Should I dump these hops and get new ones or will they be fine to use?

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:40 PM   #9
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Some shops don't even store their hops in fridges, but just on racks in the store. We choose to store them frozen so the last a long time, but they are not like, eggs, or meat, or dairy- anything perishable....

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Should I dump these hops and get new ones or will they be fine to use?
if they're hop pellets your fine. Like Revy said they're not really perishable. think about all the kits where hop pellets are sitting in boxes on store shelves for who knows how long. now FRESH hops is a different story
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