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Old 12-29-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default How old is too old for hops?

So I have a package of hops left over from a brewers best kit I bought about a month or two ago and they have been sitting in my fridge still vacuum packed. Will they still be good to use to brew within the next couple of days?

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Old 12-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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In short, yes.

You can store hops in vacuum sealed bags in the freezer for years.

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Old 12-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
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I guess it depends.. I used some hops that had been sitting in my garage.. vacuum packed in a mylar bag.. for about 6 years. I used these Cascade hops as a "dry hop" and they still smelled wonderful and were still as green as current hop pellets. The taste and aroma turned out very well.

This is abnormal.. but, shows to go ya.. some things hold with age...

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I hope so - I used some 2008 Saaz, courtesy of In-Bev or Budweiser or whatever you call it, in a batch last night (SaazRachi Ace Honey Kolsch). They looked good and still have good smell, so hopefully it will be good. I'm sure your hops are fine.

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Old 12-29-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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awesome to hear because I'm gonna do my first all grain soon and that will save a little money and measuring. Thanks for the fast replies

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