Author Topic: Ordered some fresh hops, what to do if I can't use them right away?  (Read 1246 times)

Offline nateo

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2196
  • Aachen, DE
    • View Profile
I'm ordering some fresh hops through my LHBS. I have a tentative delivery date, but I won't be able to brew for about 4-5 days after I get them. I've heard you should use fresh hops right away. Is that true? If so, can I freeze them, or would I be fine using them within a week?
In der Kürze liegt die Würze.

Offline anday6

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 29
    • View Profile
Re: Ordered some fresh hops, what to do if I can't use them right away?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 12:42:50 PM »
Ive heard of a brewery (moylans?) Who stored fresh hops cold in a co2 purged corny for months. You'd probably be fine for a few days.

Offline tankdeer

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 272
  • Portland, OR
    • View Profile
Re: Ordered some fresh hops, what to do if I can't use them right away?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012, 02:06:54 PM »
I've frozen fresh hops before and they seemed no worse for the wear once I got around to using them. Will probably do it again this year.
No TV and no beer make Homer something something...

Offline Pinski

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1600
  • Portland, Oregon
    • View Profile
Re: Ordered some fresh hops, what to do if I can't use them right away?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2012, 02:47:25 PM »
Did you vac-pack them?
Thank you BEER!

Offline tankdeer

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 272
  • Portland, OR
    • View Profile
Re: Ordered some fresh hops, what to do if I can't use them right away?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2012, 02:53:13 PM »
Did you vac-pack them?
I've done both. Obviously vacuum packed is better, but a few days in a ziplock with the air squeezed out didn't seem to have much negative effect
No TV and no beer make Homer something something...