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Old 08-27-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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I'm pretty new to the homebrewing thing and am still using extracts and hop pellets and such, but I took advantage of an opportunity and got a bunch of hops off of the bush from a friend who was moving. I don't really know what variety they are. Anywho, I'm sure I'll make use of them but I don't really know what to do with them... is there a good way to store picked hops in order to preserve their flavor?

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Old 08-27-2008, 11:25 PM   #2
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Well first you will have to dry them. Look up hop drying in the search function. Then, if you have a food vacuum sealer put them in the vacuum bag and seal it and then toss them in the freezer. You can keep hops pretty "fresh" for quite a few months this way.

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Dry them and keep them away from light, warm temperatures, and oxygen. Along with time (use them soon), these are the killers of hops. I plan on my hops (when I get a good harvest) being usable until the next harvest if I vaccum seal them and freeze immediately after drying.

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Also, since you don't know what the AAs are you should use them as flavoring or aroma hops...(at the end of the boil)...

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So I dried them out by putting them in my strainer and putting it in front of the air conditioner. I read in that link that was posted that they should smell when they're dried. They do not, but when I squeeze them just a tiny bit they definitely smell, and the smell lingers on my fingers like after I chopped an onion. Are these still usable? When would be the right time to go get more (I'm sure I can go back and get some more). From my internet research, it seems like right now is the normal harvest time.

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Sounds good to go to me.

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