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Old 02-11-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default Vacuum sealing oxygen barrier bags

So I recently got 5lbs of hops from hops direct. I was going to just purchase some oxygen barrier bags and seal them. I told my friend this and he said that the standard vacuum sealer will not seal these bags. I took that as a challenge.

30 min and 6 failed attempts later success!

Here is how. First take your regular vacuum sealer bag roll and cut a 3 inch strip off the end. You will notice a pattern on one side of the bag and nothing on the other. Cut the non patterned side off and then cut the patterned side into strips about inch thick.


Fill your oxygen barrier bag with an ounce of hops. Stick the strip with the rough side down (not sure why this matters) inside the bag and the lines (like tire tracks) are vertical.

Put the bag in the sealer and hit vacuum/seal. Bam done!


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Old 02-11-2012, 02:00 AM   #2
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Nice....I too am getting some hops soon. Just the ticket.


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Old 02-11-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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The vacuum seal bags are textured to allow the air to get channeled to the vacuum. By putting in a little piece of this bag in the Mylar bag it creates this channel. Just keep it where the clamp is and not where the heat strip is and it should work every time. If you don't have a vacuum sealer you can use a oxygen absorber then seal the Mylar bag with a hot iron.
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actually, for my sealer it required me to put it across the heat strip.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:45 AM   #5
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Do you have a good source for the O2 barrier bags?
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:58 AM   #6
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are regular food sealer bags not oxygen barriers?
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:06 AM   #7
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Austin homebrew has the oxygen bags for $8 for 100 of em.
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no regular sealer bags are not oxygen barrier
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glad all my hops are being stored in regular food sealer bags


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