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Old 01-25-2013, 04:08 PM   #11
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I have an ounce each of amarillo and centennial that are still in the vacuum sealed 1 ounce packages from Hopunion. Looking at my recipe spreadsheet, I bought those as extras for a recipe I made in December 2011. They have been in the freezer since the day I bought them.

I am thinking about using them to dry hop an upcoming beer. It sounds from what I am reading here, that they should be fine. Does that sound right

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:59 PM   #12
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Different hops do decay at different times, but this is really only crucial when talking bittering potential. In terms of your hop usage throughout the year, your bittering hops are usually a very small percentage. I have a great picture of Sierra Nevada using two year old whole cascade. While it's AA has dropped considerably, it's flavor and aroma were relatively stable because of good storage conditions, like those listed above.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #13
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I just used up the last of my year+ old columbus. It was starting to yellow a little bit but the aroma was amazing. Also, while kept in a freezer, I just stuffed it into a ziplock bag, squeezed out the air, then into another ziplock bag. I only vacuum seal my orders that are a pound or more.

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