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Old 08-19-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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I finally bought hops in bulk. I have 2lbs of citra in 2oz vacuum sealed foil-like bags. Not using them all right away.
Freezer? Room temp?
They're gonna be used within a couple months.
What is the proper way to store these things?
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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I have 2lbs of citra in 2oz vacuum sealed foil-like bags.
That's going to piss at least a few people off

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Freezer? Room temp?
They're gonna be used within a couple months.
Freezer.

The main things are to keep them away from oxygen and light, which is what you're doing. The third measure to preserve hops (albeit not AS important as the first two) is to keep them frozen. Do those three things and your hops will stay fantastically fresh for quite a while.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:39 AM   #3
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I know. I had a hell of a time finding pellets right now. That's why i bought in bulk.

Off topic...
When do new crops of hops start showing up? I just started brewing at Christmas last year.
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I know. I had a hell of a time finding pellets right now. That's why i bought in bulk.

Off topic...
When do new crops of hops start showing up? I just started brewing at Christmas last year.
Usually around October or November, I find.
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Place them in the freezer.

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The main things are to keep them away from oxygen and light, which is what you're doing. The third measure to preserve hops (albeit not AS important as the first two) is to keep them frozen. Do those three things and your hops will stay fantastically fresh for quite a while.
Agreed, all 3 things are important, but I believe temperature has the greatest effect on preserving AAs.
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JEALOUS! I have a pound of Citra in those same 2oz bags in my freezer but I had to visit LHBS stores an hour away and hit multiple stores to get that stock pile. I love Citra so I use it in every APA / IPA I brew.

Freezer is best.
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Hmm...plenty of last year's citra crop around here. Both my LHBSs stock it for $2.39/$2.50 an ounce. I know it's limited supply, but there are still plenty of online shops selling it too if you want some. It's not a unicorn
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What about storing those 2oz foil bags after they're opened? I'm trying to find my answer through search but not seeing anything.
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What about storing those 2oz foil bags after they're opened? I'm trying to find my answer through search but not seeing anything.
I use a vacuum sealer. Usually it won't reveal the oxygen barrier bags, so I just put the remainder of the foil bag into a larger vacuum bag and seal it all up. Works like a charm!
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