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Old 02-16-2013, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Do Hops Go Bad if Package Opened

I recieved some hops that seem to be less than fresh, when I opened the sub package that they were packaged in I noitced that the little package of hops was opened, and some had spilled out inside the bag they were sealed in. I put them back in their little package rolled them up and taped it shut for now. The second package of hops that was in there was sealed but when I gave it a squeeze from the outside they seemed hard in there. Im not positive but I think most hop pellets I recieved to date were spungy feeling from the outside of the package. So I guess the question is are these hops still viable for brewing, or should I call the company that shipped to me and request replacement hops? I would hate to have paid money for a sub par product.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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They aren't spoiled or anything like that but they do loose their potency and fresh taste over time. Opening just speeds that up.
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Also,I've never gotten spongy hop pellets. Whole leaf,or raw as some call them,will give a little. That's normal.
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I agree with the above 2. To clarify, some hops lose their acids faster than others. You can look here for that information: http://www.freshops.com/hops/usda-na...y-descriptions
(find your hop and look for storage stability)

At any rate, you should always stick your hops in the freezer to slow down their degredation.
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Yes,always keep'em in the freezer. I keep mine in a zip lock freezer bag on the little shelf above the ice maker. Partial packets I roll the edge over,crease it,Then reseal with packing tape. Back in the zip lock bag in the freezer it goes.
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Thanks for all your replies, I will likely just go buy some fresh hops from my LHBS to boost what I recieved in the mail, and will likely also call ABS, and have them send me some replacements for the open package. Maybe I was imagining they would be spongy, but never really gave them a squeeze outside the package, so when I found a few pellets and noticed they were firm I just assumed they were dried out or stale.
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