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Title: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: Illini Rookie on January 17, 2013, 10:42:46 PM
Hey All,
Need help quickly. I am doing a 1.5IPA and I intend to dry hop. I had used some pellet hops during the boil about a week ago, but I saved roughly 1/2 ounce for dry hopping (galaxy hops). When I went to get them out of the fridge today, they seem a little brown. I intend on dry hopping today during some still pretty good fermentation (day 5). The yeast are still healthy enough to take care of some oxygen.

I was wondering if they brown hops are going to add any off flavors. The hops only appear to be slightly browner but still smell good.

Anyone have any experience with this?
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: davidgzach on January 17, 2013, 10:58:42 PM
Should not be a problem.  May not be as potent as before but toss away!

However, if you still have a lot of activity, I would wait as you will blow off your coveted aroma.

Dave
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: The Professor on January 17, 2013, 11:10:33 PM
You can do it, but you won't get quite as nice an aroma effect as opposed to fresher hops.  You might get away with it since they have only been exposed for a few days.

A vacuum sealer is ideal for keeping pellets or whole dried hops in fresher condition.
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: Illini Rookie on January 17, 2013, 11:12:20 PM
Great thanks! I also had an ounce of fresh simcoe whole cone that is going in, so I am not worried about lack of flavor. The yeast is mostly done, and I wanted to get in while it was slightly active to head off any oxidation. I don't have much further to drop as far as gravity is concerned at 1.006 now, so hopefully not too much flavor is lost.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: tschmidlin on January 18, 2013, 06:22:06 AM
I wouldn't use them.  Next time squeeze out the air and keep them in the freezer.  Use the fresh simcoe and leave it at that.
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: davidgzach on January 18, 2013, 02:24:08 PM
I wouldn't use them.  Next time squeeze out the air and keep them in the freezer.  Use the fresh simcoe and leave it at that.

Tom,

Do you think they will impart a poor flavor?  Still good for bittering?  What are your thoughts behind not using them?

Dave
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: bwana on January 18, 2013, 03:45:34 PM
If they smell good use them,if they don't dump them!
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: tschmidlin on January 22, 2013, 12:11:13 AM
I wouldn't use them.  Next time squeeze out the air and keep them in the freezer.  Use the fresh simcoe and leave it at that.

Tom,

Do you think they will impart a poor flavor?  Still good for bittering?  What are your thoughts behind not using them?

Dave
I would worry about oxidized flavors from the hops.  They might be fine, they might not, but why take a chance?  The simcoe will be great.

You could still use them for bittering, there is less worry there.  Although I might dump them altogether.  It's 1/2 oz, not 1/2 lb.
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: Illini Rookie on January 22, 2013, 02:09:31 AM
So in the end, instead of waiting to hear a response, I threw them away. I was happy with the Simcoe, and I figured I could just go get another 1 oz if I wanted to add it to the dry hop.

The IPA is tasting great, and I am thinking of pulling the dry hops after only 3 days after reading the OSU article.

My concern with the brown was that the oxidation of the hops would come through even more since it was being dry hopped. I would of been okay using them for bittering except for I seem to recall hearing negative things about Galaxy for bittering. If it had been the Warrior that was brown, I might of saved them.

Obviously I didn't know though otherwise I wouldn't have posted.  :D
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: tschmidlin on January 22, 2013, 04:44:24 AM
So in the end, instead of waiting to hear a response, I threw them away. I was happy with the Simcoe, and I figured I could just go get another 1 oz if I wanted to add it to the dry hop.

The IPA is tasting great, and I am thinking of pulling the dry hops after only 3 days after reading the OSU article.

My concern with the brown was that the oxidation of the hops would come through even more since it was being dry hopped. I would of been okay using them for bittering except for I seem to recall hearing negative things about Galaxy for bittering. If it had been the Warrior that was brown, I might of saved them.

Obviously I didn't know though otherwise I wouldn't have posted.  :D
Sorry it took me so long, I've had a lot going on. :)
Title: Re: Hops turned slightly brown. Can I dry hop with them?
Post by: Illini Rookie on January 23, 2013, 12:30:09 AM
No worries! I was just impatient.  :D