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Old 10-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #11
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I don't do kits anymore. Most of them have LME and I prefer DME.
I've been buying DME in bulk, it is a huge savings. MY Home brew club does a group buy twice an year and I get 50lbs for $90. I also buy hops in bulk. This really brings the price per bottle down.


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*facepalm* of course, hops - that's a great thing to buy in bulk, AKA by the pound.

also helps to invest in a vacuum sealer (AKA Food Saver) so you can store them in your freezer without any air in the bag. hops can last a long, long time that way.


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Drinking: black harvest ale (wet-hopped with homegrown hops), witbier, hoppy saison, local sour cherry kriek, oud bruin, gueuz'ish thing, saison bottled with ECY34
Fermenting: IPA w/ HBC-438 (thanks vinnie!), 2x saison w/ 3726, Ardennes BDSA
Aging: witbier with brett, TYB saison brett blend, Tripel'ish with brett, sour cherry mead, rye sour ECY20/ECY34 split, several other sours, acerglyn, and probably some stuff i've lost track of...
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #13
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The hops... Pellets or leaves? Or does it matter so long as they are vacuum sealed?
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The hops... Pellets or leaves? Or does it matter so long as they are vacuum sealed?
not really, although i've read that pellets might have slightly better longevity since they've been compacted and as such have less surface area (so less to expose to air, hence less can oxidize/degrade). difference is marginal, i wouldn't worry about it and look more for what's the best deal on the variety/ies that you use the most.
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What hops should I grow? Looking for cheap honey?

Drinking: black harvest ale (wet-hopped with homegrown hops), witbier, hoppy saison, local sour cherry kriek, oud bruin, gueuz'ish thing, saison bottled with ECY34
Fermenting: IPA w/ HBC-438 (thanks vinnie!), 2x saison w/ 3726, Ardennes BDSA
Aging: witbier with brett, TYB saison brett blend, Tripel'ish with brett, sour cherry mead, rye sour ECY20/ECY34 split, several other sours, acerglyn, and probably some stuff i've lost track of...
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