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Old 10-08-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
Apr 2010
Glendale, CA
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I have some hops that have been sitting in my freezer now for a few years. I have beer smith and use the hops aging tool to adjust the AA% and change the amounts use accordingly.

Its mostly Galena and Nugget from 2011.

I am wondering if these are not the greatest to use for flavor or aroma.

Should I stick with using these strictly for bittering?

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:04 PM   #2
Apr 2012
Baltimore, MD
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I would definitely use them for bittering additions. I would also use them in a forgiving style like stout, porter etc. Just to qualify myself, I have no experience using old hops.

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
Jul 2011
Glenview, IL
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I would definitely open them up, let them get to room temp and smell them before doing anything. If they smell like old socks or wet sneakers or just plain nasty I would toss them in the compost pile.

If they smell like nice fresh hops then go ahead an use them
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:54 PM   #4
Oct 2013
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I can see reading this forum that I still have a lot to learn about making beer, there are like so many options to do things

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