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Offline tjleitch

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Tips on aging hops
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:27:41 AM »
After a typical brewday I usually have a small amount of pellet hops left over and just throw them out, but was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on whether I could save those unused hops and age them for a lambic down the road.

If I kept a tupperware container in my fridge where I chucked any leftover hop pellets from my brewdays, would they keep and age? Are pellets a non-starter for aging anyway, due to the effects of processing? Is the better environment for aging somewhere warm and dry?

Apologies if this has been covered in another thread elsewhere.

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Re: Tips on aging hops
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 01:35:36 PM »
I'd keep them in a freezer until you have enough and you're ready to use them, then put them all in a paper bag and store at room temp for a few weeks. I have no idea about pellets, I'm sure they can work, but they may need more aging time.
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Re: Tips on aging hops
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 03:03:38 PM »
In Gordon Strong's book he recommends putting them in glass jars, purging with c02 and freezing. He says they will last better than a year and keep their freshness that way.
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Re: Tips on aging hops
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 03:06:34 PM »
I think just chuck them in a bag and stick them in the cupboard above your stove. Lambic brewers age their hops for a lOOOOONG time. think years. But you could also just save the bits and pieces in the freezer and use them in a normal brew at some time, you would have no idea of the alpha% unless you carefully weighed each bit and tracked it for averaging later.
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Re: Tips on aging hops
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 03:40:28 PM »
I say you're best off freezing them and saving them up for late-hopping a "kitchen sink" style brew.
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