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Old 02-24-2011, 04:29 AM   #1
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I have been meaning to dry hop my IPA but ran out of time tonight. I left them out to warm up before dry hopping to warm up the oils. If I wait until the morning, is there any harm to the hops, or do they need to stay cool in the fridge or freezer?
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:27 AM   #2
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Overnight should be fine. They can oxidize faster at room temps, but I doubt you'll have much of that overnight, that being said, how hard would it be to just put them in the freezer overnight
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:45 AM   #3
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I want them at warm temps before I dry hop to help release more oils into the beer. Freezing them makes that more difficult.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:11 AM   #4
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Does this go for pellets too?

I got pellets in a vacuum-sealed container. Is temperature significant?

 
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:41 AM   #5
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It depends on how long they are room temp. Obviously their shelf life is longer at colder temps, but I've kept hops at room temperature for a few days and they turned out fine.. I also kept hops stashed away (forgotten about) for a month or so and they lost all flavor (i tasted it) and aroma.

To RMitch: My hops that I forgot about were in a vacuum sealed bag and they lost everything... I'd suggest just putting them in the fridge or freezer if you have the room

 
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:03 AM   #6
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I want them at warm temps before I dry hop to help release more oils into the beer. Freezing them makes that more difficult.
You could just remove them about 30 minutes before you dry hop, right? I'd imagine they'd be fully "thawed" by then. I'm pretty methodical and don't like to leave anything to chance. A compromise could be putting them in the fridge if you really don't wanna throw them into the freezer.

 
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:13 AM   #7
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No! Always keep your hops in the freezer!

(overnight is fine )
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:27 AM   #8
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What's the difference in letting them warm up by sitting out on your counter or just throwing them in secondary? They're going to warm up either way.

 
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:18 AM   #9
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I'm new here I was told I had to boil my hops with the bag and all for like a min or two to sterilize before dry hop is this true?

 
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:04 PM   #10
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I'm new here I was told I had to boil my hops with the bag and all for like a min or two to sterilize before dry hop is this true?
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