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Storing HOP Pellets
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:30:15 AM »
I have some HOP pellets left over, is it best to store them in the refrigerator or the freezer?

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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2012, 06:38:26 AM »
I have some HOP pellets left over, is it best to store them in the refrigerator or the freezer?

Freezer. Vacuum packed. If you don't have a vacuum packer, use a ziploc and get all of the air out that you can. Use within a couple months (or a little more) if you use the ziploc.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 06:38:55 AM »
I vacuum seal mine and store in the freezer.   If you're going to use them soon, the fridge would be ok too, just try to get them as airtight as you can.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 11:18:15 AM »
I vacuum seal mine and put them in the freezer as well.  They last a LONG time that way.

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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 11:24:31 AM »
Vacuum seal is where I want to go. Doing the Ziplock sealing has to go the way of the dinosaurs. Are the regular vacuum seal bags the way to go or are the mylar foil bags preferred?
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 11:31:22 AM »
Vacuum seal is where I want to go. Doing the Ziplock sealing has to go the way of the dinosaurs. Are the regular vacuum seal bags the way to go or are the mylar foil bags preferred?

Unless your freezer has a window or runs the light 24/7 even when it's closed, regular vacuum bags should be sufficient.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 02:56:32 PM »
The foil doesn't just block the light, it provides an impervious oxygen barrier.  If I had foil bags for my vacuum sealer, I'd use them for long-term storage.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 05:29:35 PM »
i've always vacuum sealed, but recently i've been exploring the mason jar attachment for my sealer.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 07:01:43 PM »
i've always vacuum sealed, but recently i've been exploring the mason jar attachment for my sealer.
I like that idea!
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 06:04:06 AM »
The foil doesn't just block the light, it provides an impervious oxygen barrier.  If I had foil bags for my vacuum sealer, I'd use them for long-term storage.

if the vacuum is held tight, then i don't believe any oxygen is getting in.

If you have a leak in the seal, then sure.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012, 07:13:11 AM »
i've always vacuum sealed, but recently i've been exploring the mason jar attachment for my sealer.
I like that idea!
No way those sealers are producing a true vacuum, which means a mason jar could still have a lot of oxygen in the head space.
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012, 07:34:20 AM »
Flush the jar with co2 first?  I'm sure some o2 would remain but that will the case for most methods attainable for home brewers.

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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2012, 06:31:20 PM »
PET bottles under CO2 pressure then into the freezer.
I store one pound of hops in each bottle at a time.
They will keep for many years this way.
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Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012, 07:06:31 PM »
PET bottles under CO2 pressure then into the freezer.
I store one pound of hops in each bottle at a time.
They will keep for many years this way.

That's a great idea!
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Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2012, 10:37:47 PM »
PET bottles under CO2 pressure then into the freezer.
I store one pound of hops in each bottle at a time.
They will keep for many years this way.

That's a great idea!

Even better - I use this cap on the PET bottles for CO2 pressurization!
Use your standard ball lock gas fitting from your CO2 tank to fill.
 
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