Storing Hop Pellets - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Storing Hop Pellets
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-14-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
berkeleybrew
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 29

If I have left over hop pellets, can I just put them in a zip lock, throw 'em in the fridge, and be able to use them a few weeks later? Or do they go bad? How would one store left over hops?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2006, 04:24 PM   #2
SteveM
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 1,567
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 102


I keep 'em in the fridge, in a bottle or zip lock, right next to my batteries. Never noticed any degradation.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2006, 05:27 PM   #3
brewhead
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 832
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


vacuseal - toss in the freezer
__________________
Upstate South Carolina Residents Check Out The Upstatebrewtopians. Celebrate tradition. Come back to the taste of hand crafted beer.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2006, 05:35 PM   #4
Truble
 
Truble's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,101
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts


Ditto- Foodsaver vacuum sealer and then into the fridge.

Foodsaver also works great with whole hops, corn sugar, and DME.
__________________
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


 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2006, 06:30 PM   #5
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,578
Liked 148 Times on 139 Posts


I buy columbus pellets by the pound (actually 2 lb, got a deal) and freeze them. I just put a clip on the bag to keep it from dumping when I open the door. I haven't noticed any changes even after a year.

Bear in mind that any hops you buy this time of year are probably a year old already and they were just refigerated. New hops are just starting to be available from the 2006 harvest.
__________________
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

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2011, 10:00 PM   #6
C-Rider
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
C-Rider's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Wai, Hawaii
Posts: 3,297
Liked 277 Times on 225 Posts
Likes Given: 724


Bump.

I have a 1/2 bag of hops left over from a January brew. About 1 oz. they were not in the fridg, just laying in a back room. I'd guess a few days when the house was locked up it got over 85 F.

Think they might still be used, maybe for a dry hopping?
__________________
Kaiser Ridge Brewing
-------------------------
Bottled in the refer: Dunkelweizen
Bottled in the refer: Oktoberfest
Bottled in the refer: Schwarzbier (lager)
Bottled in the refer: Choc/Coffee Stout
Bottled in the refe: Blonde Ale
Bottled in the refe: July 4th IPA
Bottled in the refe: American Imperial Stout

.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 02:34 AM   #7
ksbrain
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mystic, CT
Posts: 1,008
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 2


NO!

Smell them. If they smell good (not likely) then go ahead and use them for late additions or dry hopping. Otherwise, you could use them for bittering if you had no other hops. But you're probably better off tossing them. I don't know how to assess bittering quality, but if they smell anything less than amazing I would not use them for aroma or flavor.

I have found that nothing short of vacuum sealed in the freezer is good enough for more than a few weeks. Whatever ziplocs I had seemed to fail to seal, and let in some air. Though I suppose if you had good sealing bags, that could be OK as long as you pressed "all" of the air out first and kept them as cold as you could.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 02:52 AM   #8
C-Rider
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
C-Rider's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Wai, Hawaii
Posts: 3,297
Liked 277 Times on 225 Posts
Likes Given: 724


Quote:
Originally Posted by ksbrain View Post
NO!

Smell them. If they smell good (not likely) then go ahead and use them for late additions or dry hopping. Otherwise, you could use them for bittering if you had no other hops. But you're probably better off tossing them. I don't know how to assess bittering quality, but if they smell anything less than amazing I would not use them for aroma or flavor.

I have found that nothing short of vacuum sealed in the freezer is good enough for more than a few weeks. Whatever ziplocs I had seemed to fail to seal, and let in some air. Though I suppose if you had good sealing bags, that could be OK as long as you pressed "all" of the air out first and kept them as cold as you could.
tks. probably wil dump them since I didn't pay for them anyway
__________________
Kaiser Ridge Brewing
-------------------------
Bottled in the refer: Dunkelweizen
Bottled in the refer: Oktoberfest
Bottled in the refer: Schwarzbier (lager)
Bottled in the refer: Choc/Coffee Stout
Bottled in the refe: Blonde Ale
Bottled in the refe: July 4th IPA
Bottled in the refe: American Imperial Stout

.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 03:11 AM   #9
camus
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: flatland
Posts: 216
Likes Given: 1


4 1/2 years later - Ziploc, freezer.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Albany, NY area: Trade my hop pellets for your Hallertauer pellets Ksosh General Beer Discussion 5 09-21-2009 01:53 PM
doh! To dry hop with pellets? nathan All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 15 06-28-2008 12:35 PM
Hop Pellets kmlavoy General Techniques 2 12-28-2007 06:05 PM
hop pellets? Daznz Extract Brewing 17 04-20-2006 01:33 AM
Hop pellets Beercanman Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 02-16-2006 06:00 PM


Forum Jump