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Old 09-07-2012, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default Vacuumed hops: freeze?

Hello all,

I just vacuum sealed some homegrown dried out hops I had on hand.

My question is, if I'm going to use these for dry hopping in a secondary within the next 7-10 days, should I even bother freezing them since they're sealed?

I'm not really experienced with fresh hops! But I've also heard to throw them in the keg to dry hop that way?

Which way should I go?! Any and all advice is appreciated.

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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Cant hurt to freeze them and retain as much "goodness" as possible. Probably wont hurt to just throw them in the fridge either, considering it is only a week or so. Report back on your dry hop results.

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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Cant hurt to freeze them and retain as much "goodness" as possible. Probably wont hurt to just throw them in the fridge either, considering it is only a week or so. Report back on your dry hop results.
Alright, they're sealed and in the freezer!

Another quick question though...once I want to use them in the secondary for dry hopping, do I thaw them out? I assume using them frozen won't be ideal.
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I've gone straight from freezer to keg without waiting for the hops to thaw. I can't imagine it makes any difference...

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Fridge would be fine, freezer doesnt hurt. You can toss them right in from the freezer but I wold let them get room temp so you don't shock any potential active yeast doing their thing

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It's all about the thermal mass. I rather doubt the yeast in 40 pounds of wort would bat their eyelashes at a few ounces of frozen hops - especially when nearly all of them are snoozing at the very bottom of the fermenter by the time the dry hops are added...

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Alright, they're sealed and in the freezer!

Another quick question though...once I want to use them in the secondary for dry hopping, do I thaw them out? I assume using them frozen won't be ideal.
If they were dried properly, there shouldn't be much, if any moisture in there to worry about. I just used some that were vac sealed from 2011 and you really couldn't feel any coldness at all since they were so dry.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #8
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Hey all, just wanted to give everyone a little update...

Last night I pulled my hops out of the freezer and racked my beer to the secondary. It was tastes and smells amazing from all of the fresh hops I added to the boil.

Now we wait two weeks for the dry hopping to complete!

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[...]Now we wait two weeks for the dry hopping to complete!
Two weeks is a bit on the long side when dry hopping at room temperature, imo...

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #10
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Two weeks is a bit on the long side when dry hopping at room temperature, imo...

Cheers!
What is your recommendation, sir? This is my first time dry hopping...
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