Hops storage and breaking pounds into ounces - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Hops storage and breaking pounds into ounces

Thread Tools
Old 10-14-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
Oct 2008
Posts: 106
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

I received my first pounds of hops from Puterbaugh. Now I'm trying to decide how to break them down for freezing. I don't need any of them right away and they're currently in the original packaging in my fridge. My dilemma stems from the fact that I haven't frozen hops before and I'm uncertain about how they'll react to thawing and re-freezing (which is likely not a concern, but I'm trying to play it safe and check here first).

As I see it, I have two choices:

1. Put hops in original 1 lb packaging in freezer. Thaw when needed and break into one ounce portions in sandwich bags at that time. Re-freeze unneeded portion. My concern with this is the thaw and re-freeze of the unused hops and what impact it may have. What I like about this course of action is that it keeps them in the superior, Hops Direct packaging for a longer time.

2. Break them into one ounce portions in sandwich bags and freeze them now. Withdraw as needed. This means they'll only be frozen and thawed one time, but I'll be removing them from the superior, Hops Direct packaging sooner.

What do you think? #1, #2, some alternative, or it really doesn't matter?

Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
The Pol
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,454
Liked 97 Times on 82 Posts

Do #1...

It isnt the FREEZING of the hops that benefits them... it is basically cold storage. I mean, if you pull out a sack package of hops and measure out what you need, the HOPS themselves are what, maybe 40F? For what... 10 minutes? The difference between storing them at 20F and 40F over oong periods is actually extremely minimal.

You are overthinking this.

Leave them in the 1lb package, break it open when you need them, then reseal them in other bags, or BAG if you like at that point. Mine are in vacuum sealed mason jars, I pull them out, open them and scoop out what I need, then vacuum seal again and place in the freezer.

You wont lose anything by just placing the remainder of the full pound in ONE ziplock bag. Hops arent THAT delicate.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
May 2009
Los Angeles
Posts: 8,219
Liked 493 Times on 398 Posts

I dunno about others, but I keep mine in bulk in the original package, which I then put into extra long foodsaver vacuum bags. When I need .75oz of hops, I pull the bag out, open it, break off and measure .75oz pellets, reseal, and pop it back into the freezer. The hops do not even have time to thaw out.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
Aug 2009
Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,509
Liked 35 Times on 35 Posts

I vote for #1.

Actually, I vote for vacuum sealing them. I didn't have the cash for a foodsaver, so I went with the Alvin sealer:

Thirty bucks and my hops are happy.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #5
The Pol
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,454
Liked 97 Times on 82 Posts

If you look at AA loss over time. Over the course of 12 months at 20F the difference in AA loss of vacuum sealed hops and just oxygen barrier packaged (sealed bag with O2 in it) is very minimal.

Say 10% loss with vaccum sealed and 20F
Say 15% loss with NO vacuum seal (but in a barrier bag) and 20F

The biggest impact is just keeping them cool, frozen doesnt matter.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
Evan's Avatar
Jan 2007
Posts: 384

i just put them in a large vaccum bag, and use what i need. they dont have time to thaw out
Primary 1: British IPA
Primary 2: Air

Tap 1: Drunk Elf Christmas Ale
Tap 2: Winfield Bitter (WLP002)
Tap 3: UFO Stout
Tap 4: Winfield Bitter (WLP013)

Kegged: FLP Wheat

Coming up: Citra Pale Ale

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2009 Home grown hop harvest - How many ounces of hops are being harvested Corey_James Hops Growing 3 09-02-2009 09:35 PM
This is what 50 POUNDS of hops looks like. The Pol General Beer Discussion 22 05-17-2009 04:51 AM
How many ounces of whole hops would it take... StunnedMonkey General Beer Discussion 9 10-27-2008 06:38 PM
Mead ounces to pounds RockfordWhite Recipes/Ingredients 5 09-08-2008 06:29 AM

Forum Jump