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Old 10-13-2008, 06:45 AM   #1
Oct 2008
Portland, OR
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So a coworker has a hop vine in her back yard. She brought me just under a pound when she found out I was brewing. No clue what kind they are but they have a lovely aroma. Maybe Nugget or Centenial? From my homework there is no real way to ID them by their look so I'm thinking I'm safest using them as a finishing hops in a future batch.

So to prepare them for storage since I don't have any of the apparatus mentioned for drying hops, I put them in a couple of colanders a few feet in front of a space heater set at 70įF. They seemed to dry out just fine with little discoloration. I put them in a few freezer bags and sucked out as much air as I could. Wow, what a rush. They were pretty compacted when I got done so I put them in the freezer.

So the ultimate questione is, do you think they will last long enough for me to brew with them in a few weeks?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 10-13-2008, 07:37 AM   #2
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If all the moisture is out of them, they will last awhile. Nesco food dehydrator works great for drying hops out.

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Old 10-13-2008, 02:27 PM   #3
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Frozen hops are good for years.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:38 PM   #4
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I used to put my fresh-picked hops out on a towel in my attic for 24 hours and they were perfectly dried. But as the weather cools I'm not sure how well that would work. And then bagged and froze as you stated. I actually double-bagged to stave-off freezer burn. I used them over a year later and they were great.
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:16 AM   #5
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use a vacum packer,like the food saver brand ,,it works oh so well .

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