The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > what to do with unused hops?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-20-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
aekdbbop
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
aekdbbop's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,772
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts

Default what to do with unused hops?

can you just put them in a ziplock bag and toss em in the fridge? or should i freeze them or what.. got about .5 oz of two types that are left over.. not much.. but i dont want to waste them!

aekdbbop is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2006, 04:25 PM   #2
Brew-boy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Brew-boy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Lapeer, Michigan
Posts: 2,415
Liked 13 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

I would have added them to my last batch I made, or dry hopped with them. Never can be to hoppy for me.

__________________
Next:Smoked Pilsner.
Primary:Belgian Red, American Stout w/Roeselare
On Tap:Pale Ale, English Bitter
Aging: Imperial Oatmeal Stout on Vanilla beans.

I rather owe you a dollar than cheat you out of it.."Dad"

http://lapeerareabrewers.com/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LapeerAreaBrewers/
Brew-boy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2006, 04:27 PM   #3
Truble
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Truble's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,106
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Yeah, you can freeze them. Just make sure that they are sealed up nice. I use a Foodsaver vac machine for mine.

__________________
Even the strongest blade of grass bends in the wind
--------------------------------------------

Primary: Octoberfest
mini 1G Primary: nichts
Secondary #1: #97 Pale Ale
Secondary #2 nichts
Bottled/Conditioning: nichts

Fully ConditionedDrinking: nichts
All Gone!:
Everything

Truble is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2006, 06:14 PM   #4
valhallan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 9
Default

this might be a dumb question, but do hops need to be refrigerated? i've always bought my kit and brewed on the same day, never noticing if the hops had been refrigerated.

__________________
valhallan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2006, 07:02 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,648
Liked 131 Times on 124 Posts

Default

The Alpha acids oxidize at room temperature and become less usable. The Beta acids oxidize and become more usable. In some hops, mainly the noble hops, the two rates balance out. There a couple hops that aren't normally used until they oxidize and turn brown.

If the hops are sealed and kept cool, they last for months. If frozen, for years.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2006, 07:05 PM   #6
valhallan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 9
Default

Thanks. I left some Cascade, Perle, and Mt Hood hop pellets sitting at room temperature for about a week. Are they still usable? I have no problem buying more if needed.

__________________
valhallan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-21-2006, 01:11 AM   #7
Porter fan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eagle MI
Posts: 190
Default

Yea use em up they should be fine just remember nexed time too pop in the frige when you get home.

__________________
Porter fan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-21-2006, 01:25 AM   #8
gauthierk
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 121
Default

I normally use all of my hope like bob said... BUT if your not a hoppy kind of person, then you can put them in a ziplock and put them in the fridge... Just make sure you try and squeeze most of the air out of the bag... I normally wrap them up in some cling nice and tight to help prevent the oxidation...

__________________
gauthierk is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-21-2006, 04:39 PM   #9
valhallan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 9
Default

Great, thanks guys

__________________
valhallan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to store an unused yeast starter dgez Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 02-27-2009 11:23 PM
Storing Unused GABrewer1426 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 10-23-2008 12:37 AM
What to do with unused hops? chriswilkes33 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 09-01-2008 02:51 PM
10# unused Nitrous tank v. 10# CO2 tank BADS197 Bottling/Kegging 7 08-10-2008 03:33 AM
Can I freeze my unused hops? PearlJamNoCode Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 11-08-2007 06:35 PM