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Old 03-31-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Using old hops for dryhopping. Pointless??

I have some 6 month old hop pellets in my refrigerator. I was thinking about throwing them into secondary with my pale ale. I know they may not have much aroma left to contribute but might there be any off flavors they could give the beer from being kinda old?


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Old 03-31-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Nothing worse than a stale-hop tasting beer. Do yourself a favor and chuck 'em.

Or at least do a hop tea with a few of the pellets to gauge flavor.


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Old 03-31-2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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Why didn't you freeze them? I have 6month old pellets I use for dry hopping all the time. They're as good as the day I bought them. Freezer good. Fridge bad.
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Why didn't you freeze them? I have 6month old pellets I use for dry hopping all the time. They're as good as the day I bought them. Freezer good. Fridge bad.
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Guess that's one of those comon sense things that I just didn't figure out for some reason
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By 6 months old you mean 2008 harvest so they are really 17 months old?

Dry hops should always be chosen for their aroma characteristics. Do they smell good? Do they smell cheesy?
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Why not save them and use them to make a lambic style beer?
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Do they smell bad (cheesy or other off flavor)? Try a few pellets in some hot water and taste the tea or throw one into a tasteless beer and see what happens. I had some old pellets sitting in a fridge for a long time and they were in pretty good shape.
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Why not save them and use them to make a lambic style beer?
Lollercoaster. Lambic is not "rotten beer"!
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Lollercoaster. Lambic is not "rotten beer"!
But they do use hops that are aged 1-3 years.


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