Stored hops still good?

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aliu630

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So I still have 1 oz of Norther Brewer that I saved in the fridge by just sealing it up again in the plastic bag it came with (not air tight). It's been in the fridge for 2 months and I'm just wondering if it is still usable. I smelled it and it seemed fine. Would rather not waste it, but don't want to ruin the flavor of the beer either.
 

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If it smells good, I'm sure it's fine. Next time you have extra, though, you should wrap them up tight and freeze them.
 
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Cool. I wasn't sure if freezing them would ruin them in anyway because when I see them at the LHBS, they just keep in in the fridge instead of a freezer. I hope that is ok? Thanks for the reply
 

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Do you guys freeze all your hops?
Would freezing damage the hops in anyway?
 

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I freeze all my hops. An airtight package will stay fresh a couple years. An open package at least six months, I should think.
 

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I have some hops that are over a year old but have been stored in the freezer. They have lost some of their AA% but you can calculate how much depending on time/variety/temperature.

It is a great idea to keep hops in the freezer till you plan to use them.
 
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Wow..that is a lot of hops! I should've done more research and stocked up on hops b4 this stupid shortage. 2 oz of almost any hops at my LHBS is around $8 now. My friend down in SD is still paying around $4 for his though. Kind of weird as we're about an 1 1/2 hours away from each other. Guess cuz my LHBS is the only one around here.
 

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Yeah, our 2oz packs are $4 at homebrewmart - maybe you can order hops online from them or another online brew store?
 
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Yeah, I might start doing that now. I've actually visited homebrewmart, hydrobrew, and american brew mart while I was down visiting a friend. Prices are a lot better down there.
 
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