Originally Posted by Komocabo
2 years old hop seems kinda old... I am not an expert, but are they still good after that long? I am not trying to offend or stop a sale..., just curious.
No worries, I'm not offended by any means. One of our suppliers actually did some testing and showed that even after 2-3 years, being stored properly (nitrogen flushed mylar below freezing) there was almost no loss in acid content.
Not to knock local homebrew shops, but they generally don't move hops as quickly as we do. So if they had 2011 crop hops laying around, it is possible that they were repackaged into smaller increments quite a while ago. At the same time many shops store hops very well which is why most (not all) don't post crop years because they can be misleading. If you have 2012 crop hops that haven't been stored properly they would be much less fresh than 2011 crop that have been stored properly. We move ours so quickly they are still very fresh according to our customers, including pro brewers.
This is not to say that it isn't nice to have the newest crop possible (which for domestic hops is 2012 crop), which is why we're blowing these out. Most of these varieties we have left from the 2011 crop we have from the 2012 crop and would love to put them online but need to move these first. So, win win
I'm also going to be off until the evening, have a great day folks, thanks!