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Old 09-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #2031
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Made a huge mess bottling my ddh ipa... still trying to figure out how to get this hop reside/sticky oily spots of my better bottle.


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Old 09-28-2012, 03:28 AM   #2032
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Pre-ordered 7 pounds of hops.


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Old 09-28-2012, 03:32 AM   #2033
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Pre-ordered 7 pounds of hops.
Wtf?!? What are you brewing?
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:11 AM   #2034
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Wtf?!? What are you brewing?
I'm just trying to make sure I have Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra for my IPAs and IIPAs in 2013... I wanted to make sure I didn't miss out on them before they sold out, so I ordered a bunch.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:11 PM   #2035
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I pasteurized my cider using Pappers' method. Glad I started checking the carbonation levels right away - the bottles were fully carbed in 24 hours!
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #2036
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I'm just trying to make sure I have Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra for my IPAs and IIPAs in 2013... I wanted to make sure I didn't miss out on them before they sold out, so I ordered a bunch.
Won't hops "go bad" in a matter of weeks/months, even if refrigerated and vaccuum-packed? I've been under the belief that I shouldn't order anything (grains/hops/yeast) more than a month before I'm ready to brew with it. Am I being unnecessarily paranoid?
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #2037
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Won't hops "go bad" in a matter of weeks/months, even if refrigerated and vaccuum-packed? I've been under the belief that I shouldn't order anything (grains/hops/yeast) more than a month before I'm ready to brew with it. Am I being unnecessarily paranoid?
I think you are being unnecessarily paranoid. I keep mine in the freezer, vacuum-sealed by food-saver and then put into brown paper bags. Everything I've read says that hops stored under vacuum in a freezer should keep for a pretty long time, since heat and oxygen are what cause hops to go bad. I wouldn't keep them around for too long, but a year isn't a problem. I still have hops from the 2011 crop that haven't noticeably degraded since I got them (at least as far as my senses can detect).

Also, if you store uncrushed grains in a cool, dry place in an airtight (or close to it) container, it will keep for at least a few months. That's an argument for getting a mill... you can buy base malt in bulk and just store it until you need it (within reason).

Last, dry yeast will stay viable for quite some time (1-2 years, I believe) if kept in its original packaging in the refrigerator. Liquid yeast degrades much faster, but I've heard stories of people using liquid yeast that is well beyond its "expiration date" with no ill effect after making a 2 or 3 step starter. My LHBS sells discounted vials/smack packs of "expired" yeast; I've never used one, but I've seen people buy them with that in mind.

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:18 PM   #2038
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Got my hands on 8lb of Canadian 2 row, 2lb of biscuit, 2lb of vienna, 2lbs of munich, and 2lbs of crystal 40L. Also got 3 bags of miscellaneous hops (about 3-5 pouches in each bag) and some new keg posts. FOR FREE!!!
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bottling up an IPA and stepping up my starter of WLP001 California Ale Yeast for either a Dead Guy clone or a DFH 60 minute clone cant decide yet, anythoughts?
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:34 AM   #2040
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Pre-ordered 7 pounds of hops.
I'm with you. I pre-ordered 5 pounds of Citra and Simcoe the other day. Today I added 5 pounds each of Centennial and Amarillo. It sucks running out of good sources of these hops mid year only to wait until fall to get them again. Plus, I've read that the 2012 hop harvest looks somewhat hit and miss, so you have to figure that prices will be up and supply will be down in 2013 for all these varietals. I don't plan on buying hops at $3-4 per ounce next summer.


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