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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop storage/use
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:22:27 PM »
I too buy pellet hops on the cheap by the pound and repackage them before I put them in the freezer. I have some of those foil packets with the air removal button on them. I am not sure of the correct method to purge the air or if the valve button works with a vaccuum device or what. All I do is fold the bag to remove as much air as possible then once I seal the bag I attempt to press on it with my hands. Not sure if the last step is accomplishing anything or not. But I am trying....LOL.
I have seen charts which show the degredation of hops over time and I have just assumed that it is probably taking place but that I am slowing down the natural process somewhat.

If anyone knows the answer to that air purge button please explain it to me.

BTW those bags are cheap and reusable. Nice strong zip lock on them and I think well worth the cost. Its either that or ziplocks and I think the foil bags probably are a better choice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:08:09 PM »
Thanks for that info

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership benefits ???
« on: June 14, 2014, 03:30:51 PM »

I am not a member yet of AHA but am considering it at the present time. I was particularly interested in the downloadable archives from past convention presentations but the system would not let me access just the listing of what is available for download.

Can someone please tell me if All or just some of the presentations are available.

Thanks in advance

I'm just curious how many of you have an AHA membership. Do you use the benefits that come with the membership? I do not currently, but will most likely get one soon. Its good to support the AHA community and its efforts!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to expect when expecting...
« on: May 28, 2013, 07:31:22 PM »
My suggestion would be not to wait 10 years. Have a go at it rite away if your location will allow it. If storage is an issue just go small. Do 1/2 batches......2 1/2 gallons at a time take up almost no space whatsoever. If bottle storage is a problem consider drinking some qt bottles of root beer and using them for batches. 8 bottles to a 2 1/2 gallon batch. Go simple to start. 4-6 lbs of LME, packet of yeast and couple oz of are in. Brew it on the stove top with care and a large enough brewpot and you are home free.
Have fun. It isn't as hard as some would have you believe.

Hello everyone, my wonderful wife got me a membership here for Christmas. I have been brewing for a while now and really, really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much so, that it has inundated our pantry and the fridge is generally full of some home brew or room is being made to store some. I have read several books on getting into the brew business and I feel my calling. However...I will finish out my career in the military first. With that, I am still looking at another 10 or so years until I can grow up and even consider this (NOTE: I am aware I cant walk out of this job and open a Nano or anything like that there are milestones in my brain I wont bore you with right now). My burning thought is what is your (the brewing community) thoughts on business over the next 10 years? We have seen an explosion over the last five or so, but what does it look like in the medium term? Has this been looked into yet or is it too soon?
I reassure myself that it will turn out well and there will still be a demand for good beer (a longshot?), but there is a reality to it and as I prepare my medium and long term goals I want to do it with some educated guessing. Thanks and happy brewing!

PS: First post here, looking forward to more discussions!

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