Quick, what do I do with these hops??

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Okay, so I’m currently mashing and my first hop addition is in about 45 minutes. My friend just dropped off 1.5oz of mystery hops that his friend harvested a couple months ago. They appear dry, still whole, stored in a Tupperware (like Chinese food soup comes in) and I’m told lived in the freezer these last few months.

Knowing what I know about them, what is the best use for these hops? They could be stale. They could be not enough. I’m totally okay taking a risk just to see what happens. My recipe usually calls for 1.5oz Mt. Hood for 60 min and another 1.5oz Mt. Hood for 15 min.

I’m gonna do *something* with them soon so please give me your thoughts quickly! Thanks in advance!
 
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Here’s how they look.
 

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I'd personally throw them away. If you're going to use them, check how they smell first. If they smell nice, throw them into the boil late or whirlpool.
 
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I should have said: they smell good but not very strong. Curiously, although the smell is not strong even up close, I can quickly smell them from several feet away, as soon as I open the lid.
 
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I was told, “they’re a mix of whatever grows well in New York. I think cascade?” These were grown in Queens. I have to use them, just to say I did. If they’re going to be weak, I’ll do as GnomeBrewer suggests and throw them in late on top of my normal additions.
 
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Might not want to use entire "normal hop additions" along w homegrown hops.

I have a lot of homegrown cascade, looks good, does not smell that strong, but it does add quite a bit of flavor and bitterness, along w a hint of chlorophyll & grass. Overall quite good, but at first I underestimated strength and made some pretty hop forward beer with them, even a little more than intended.
 
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This recipe might benefit from a little more hops so erring on the side of ‘too much’ is fine by me. This is going to be more of a “let’s see what happens” batch rather than a “gonna target X IBUs” batch. I’m excited—thanks for the guidance everyone, as always!
 

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I'd stick 'em in a SMaSH, so you can pick out any character they might bring to the party. Use half at 30 mins and the other half at 5 mins.
 
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