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Old 08-17-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Jul 2008
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I have the opportunity to buy some whole leaf Saaz hops that are about 5 years old. They are going pretty cheap, but I am not sure if they are worth buying. I will only be out a few bucks per pound, but I am more concerned about ruining a batch of beer. How long can hops be stored (properly of coarse) and still be usable?

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Old 08-17-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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At 5 years I would certainly question their usefulness. Unless you plan on doing a Lambic I'm not sure that it would be worth even a couple of bucks a pound.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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First off, I think that is just too old, except for a lambic or other belgian sour. There is just too much of a chance of poor care in that amount of time. Do they still have a smell of relatively good hops? Tell the seller that you'll do them a favor and dispose of the hops for them.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:11 AM   #4
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I wouldnt spend money on 5 year old hops... not when I can buy fresh ones for $1 an ounce.

Not worth buying.

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Old 08-18-2009, 02:28 AM   #5
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Yeah I wouldn't go there unless you were brewing lambic.

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