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Old 10-23-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default Just pulled the trigger on 3 lbs of hops

Oh boy... This is a first for me. As it sits now, I have little baggies of 1/2 oz 'assorted hops' from other brew sessions and one time recipes. I settled on Cascades, Centenials, and Magnums. (Yeah, I guess Im kind of fond of the IPAs eh?)

Im excited to have to many hops to play with!!
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Fresh or pellet? Is that a dumb question?
Do you guys who have been brewing for a long time see a difference between pellets and fresh hops?
I have only used pellets so far, but want to buy some fresh.
Did you buy them online or local?
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Fresh or pellet? Is that a dumb question?
Do you guys who have been brewing for a long time see a difference between pellets and fresh hops?
I have only used pellets so far, but want to buy some fresh.
Did you buy them online or local?
You mean leaf, right?

"Fresh" would be either wet hops or mayube a stretch to right after harvest.

As for leaf, I like them. They do good to filter trub and are easier to clean up BUT, they do soak up a LOT of wort and they aren't available in as wide a variety.
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I did mean leaf.
How long do the keep in the freezer? Ziplock bag I guess. Or food saver?
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Didn't mean to highjack the thread joemama!
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You mean leaf, right?
You mean "flower," right?
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Fresh or pellet? Is that a dumb question?
Do you guys who have been brewing for a long time see a difference between pellets and fresh hops?
I have only used pellets so far, but want to buy some fresh.
Did you buy them online or local?
At about 7:00 minutes into this video, Larry Sidor, the head brewer for Deschutes, gives a great description on the difference between kilned hop flowers, fresh hops and pellets



It's an older video, so the beer he's describing is called "Hop Harvest," a precursor to their "Hop Trip" Pale Ale.
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I ended up going with the pellets as they were on sale with Nikobrew. I used 1.5oz of leaf (well cones) of some Northern Brewer when I did my Fat Tire clone. I think I will like the selection of hops that I bought. My (I)PAs have been rather tasty with these suckers. Now its time to play a little with them. Maybe do a couple of SMaSHes.
Wooooo fun!
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I'm close to pulling the trigger on a 1lb each of Cascade, Chinook, Magnum, Columbus, Willamette, and Liberty. There's a lot of different things I can do with that variety.
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Im excited about my purchase! You know what this means next right?
Gonna have to get me some grains that compliment the hops.
Then gonna have to get a mill to mill my grains.

Jeez. I am getting progressively worse...
This is great!
I love it!
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