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Old 05-26-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Storing Hops?

The recipe I used used only 1 ounce of a two ounce bag. So I have an ounce left. I was able to re-vacuum pack the bag it came in using my food saver. The next time I will be able to brew will be 2 weeks. The question is will the hops make it? If so how should they be stored?

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Old 05-26-2007, 09:00 PM   #2
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They'll be fine, just toss them in the freezer.

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Freezing is best, but most hops will be good for months in the fridge or even room temperature. I tend to buy all of my hops for the year right after the harvest and freeze them.

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Yah, freeze em, I still have over a pound of Hallertau in my freezer... they will last and last

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When is the harvest?

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When is the harvest?
Late summer/early fall.
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Many of the brewing softwares (ProMash, for example) will calculate the loss of your hops bittering potential based on storage time and conditions.

A couple examples of resulting apha acid levels, starting with 10% alpha whole hops:

Stored 3 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 0F (freezer): 9.7%
Stored 3 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 40F (fridge): 9.2%
Stored 3 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 65F (room): 8.5%
Stored 3 months, plastic bag, at 65F (room): 8.1%

Stored 6 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 0F (freezer): 9.4%
Stored 6 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 40F (fridge): 8.5%
Stored 6 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 65F (room): 7.3%
Stored 6 months, plastic bag, at 65F (room): 6.6%

Stored 12 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 0F (freezer): 8.8%
Stored 12 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 40F (fridge): 7.2%
Stored 12 months, barrier pack/airtight, at 65F (room): 5.3%
Stored 12 months, plastic bag, at 65F (room): 4.3%

Basically, you can estimate losing ~1% of your alpha per month under ideal storage conditions, roughly 2x that in the fridge, and 4x at room temp.

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Nice, thank you!

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Ok how long will crushed grains hold up? Should I use the food saver as well?
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Yah, freeze em, I still have over a pound of Hallertau in my freezer... they will last and last
Is that all????

I have over 3 lbs of Hallertau, 1 lb Cascade, 1 lb Fuggles, 1 lb Saaz, 1 lb kent East Goldings...and others...and I wil try my best to use them all before the year is out...

Yes, all frozen...
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