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Title: Hop freshness
Post by: brewmasternpb on June 24, 2011, 05:45:38 AM
Hello all, I purchased 1 lb of Cascade and 1 lb of Chinook from fiftypoundsack.com.  After a pale ale, an IPA and an IIPA, I think the hops were significantly less than fresh.  I did pay less than $16 per lb with free shipping.  What I would like to know is, what are some better sites/vendors to buy bulk hops cheap?
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: tschmidlin on June 24, 2011, 07:37:07 AM
I almost always buy from hopsdirect.com.  I've had no problems, very happy with the product.
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: bluesman on June 24, 2011, 11:56:27 AM
I almost always buy from hopsdirect.com.  I've had no problems, very happy with the product.

+1

I also use Freshhops when I can't get what I need from hopsdirect. Both are great outfits.

http://www.freshops.com/
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 24, 2011, 12:33:02 PM
In addition, I buy in the fall after the harvest, when they have the notice up that it is the 2011 crop on sale. Then vacuum pack and store in the freezer if you want the hops to stay at the peak of freshness.

Imported hops come in around Christmas, so I do a second order for the European varieties.
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: bluesman on June 24, 2011, 12:40:23 PM
In addition, I buy in the fall after the harvest, when they have the notice up that it is the 2011 crop on sale. Then vacuum pack and store in the freezer if you want the hops to stay at the peak of freshness.
Imported hops come in around Christmas, so I do a second order for the European varieties.

Great tip Jeff.

I buy hops by the pound and break them down into 4oz vacuum sealed packs, then store in the freezer.
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: Paul Gagnon on June 24, 2011, 03:36:09 PM
I also use Freshops and Hopsdirect and ALWAYS buy my core hops for the year just after they become available in the fall. Stored airtight in the freezer, they will last a few years. I usually buy more than I need, especially hot varieties, just in case a club member needs some throughout the year.
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: maxieboy on June 24, 2011, 04:30:27 PM
In addition, I buy in the fall after the harvest, when they have the notice up that it is the 2011 crop on sale. Then vacuum pack and store in the freezer if you want the hops to stay at the peak of freshness.

Imported hops come in around Christmas, so I do a second order for the European varieties.

This is my SOP.
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: thomasbarnes on June 27, 2011, 01:15:03 PM
In addition, I buy in the fall after the harvest, when they have the notice up that it is the 2011 crop on sale.

Not to be a smartass, but how do you know that you're getting the current crop as opposed to leftovers from the previous year?

Are there markings on the packages indicating packing date?
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 27, 2011, 02:27:56 PM
In addition, I buy in the fall after the harvest, when they have the notice up that it is the 2011 crop on sale.

Not to be a smartass, but how do you know that you're getting the current crop as opposed to leftovers from the previous year?

Are there markings on the packages indicating packing date?
Hopsdirect will have a close out sale on the 2010.  Then they say the new crop is on sale, for each variety when it is processed.  Not all mature at the same time, which is good for the growers.  Aroma hops usually mature first, then high alpha.  I check their web site often in the fall, and when the varieties that I want are listed as the new crop, I then buy those.  You can e-mail or call if you want to be sure.

Other than that, I trust them.  They have been excellent in the customer support in the past, and really seem to be good  people.
Title: Re: Hop freshness
Post by: scooter2374 on June 27, 2011, 08:08:36 PM
I also use Freshops and Hopsdirect and ALWAYS buy my core hops for the year just after they become available in the fall. Stored airtight in the freezer, they will last a few years. I usually buy more than I need, especially hot varieties, just in case a club member needs some throughout the year.

Great idea. This will be my first Fall of brewing and I would love to buy in bulk and put some away for a rainy day