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Re: Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2013, 10:22:08 AM »
My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.

I love my Foodsaver...I bought it in 1991 (or thereabouts) and have used it for both food and brewing stuff. It still pulls as good a vacuum as ever.  I've had sero issues with it. The only maintenance I've had to perform is to run an ounce or two of a warm, diluted vinegar solution through it to clean it.  One of the best appliance purchases I've ever made.

This is exactly what I was worried about and why I want a FoodSaver. I would rather not buy it twice. As my mom says, only rich people can afford to buy cheap things.

On the other hand, everything is made in China these days and a higher price doesn't necessarily mean quality.  You're going to find bad reviews for almost everything out there if you search for it.  It's cheaper for the manufacturers to offer better warranties and replace lemons than to build something that lasts.

http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-Vacuum-Sealer-SmartSeal-Technology/product-reviews/B001E42R8O/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-Advanced-Design-Vacuum-Sealer/product-reviews/B000F9PNF8/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2013, 03:42:39 PM »
I have used my Rival seal-a-meal for about 4 years now for hops and meat going into the freezer.  No problems.

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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2013, 04:27:51 PM »
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2013, 06:15:37 PM »
I picked up 2 Foodsavers today, but will return one of them... Got one at BJ's a 3485 (link below) this one is Auto...  Paid $134.99

http://www.bjs.com/foodsaver-g3-countertop-vacuum-sealer-plus-bonus.product.27368?dimId=

and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Does anyone know the advantage/disadvantage to buying one over the other(except price) I'm leaning toward the 3250 for that reason but don't know right off what will the automatic feature will make better...

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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2013, 06:49:55 PM »
I'd buy the 3250 in a heartbeat because of the variable modes and the dry-moist options.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2013, 08:10:49 PM »
Whatever vacuum sealer you go with I highly recommend getting the Foodsaver Mason Jar attachment.  A quart size jar fits a pound of hops(pellets) perfectly.  Resealing is a breeze and much cheaper than buying the food saver bags. If you want to get really fancy you can even blow CO2 over the hops before sealing them up.

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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2013, 04:04:51 AM »
Whatever vacuum sealer you go with I highly recommend getting the Foodsaver Mason Jar attachment.  A quart size jar fits a pound of hops(pellets) perfectly.  Resealing is a breeze and much cheaper than buying the food saver bags. If you want to get really fancy you can even blow CO2 over the hops before sealing them up.

Thanks, I will look into this...
I'd buy the 3250 in a heartbeat because of the variable modes and the dry-moist options.
  I will plan on keeping the 3250 ( I was leaning in that direction.....)

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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2013, 06:39:06 AM »
and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2013, 07:21:13 AM »
and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2013, 09:04:39 AM »
One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2013, 09:46:21 AM »
I picked up 2 Foodsavers today, but will return one of them... Got one at BJ's a 3485 (link below) this one is Auto...  Paid $134.99

http://www.bjs.com/foodsaver-g3-countertop-vacuum-sealer-plus-bonus.product.27368?dimId=

and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Does anyone know the advantage/disadvantage to buying one over the other(except price) I'm leaning toward the 3250 for that reason but don't know right off what will the automatic feature will make better...

Don't know for sure.

I have the Foodsaver Gamesaver deluxe and it has been a pleasure to use. I think they really help preserve hop freshness in a big way.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2013, 10:04:25 AM »
One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.

I'll have you know that this sent me on an hour long tangent. I think I must build one of these from my spare parts...

At any rate, back to the discussion. FoodSaver's website has a comparison tool if you want to see the exact differences of those above mentioned models.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2013, 10:33:37 AM »
One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.

I'll have you know that this sent me on an hour long tangent. I think I must build one of these from my spare parts...

At any rate, back to the discussion. FoodSaver's website has a comparison tool if you want to see the exact differences of those above mentioned models.

I compared them on the website, I was looking for real world experience regarding the automatic vs manual features..  I've decided to keep the 3250 model as from what I read most people liked the manual operation and even users of the automatic functioning models, reverted to manual function.

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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2013, 04:37:25 PM »
One thing no one has mentioned. These things are great for Sous Vide cooking, if you are into that kind of stuff. Most homebrewers already have all the equipment to do it.

+1! I actually do have all the equipment but why reconfigure when the SideKIC is so awesomely badass and affordable to boot? Yes- Sous Vide is one of the other things that the sealer will enable one to do.

My latest pastrami was smoked for a couple hours then immersed SV at 137F for 36 hours. Turned out fricken amazing.

If you want a SideKIC you'll have to be vigilant. They sell out almost immediately and you'll have to wait until they produce another batch for sale on Amazon- which seems to be every week or so...
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2013, 04:43:01 AM »
and another 3250 and paid $89.99 Manual
http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=8323

Where did you find that price? The lowest I can find is $117.

I found it at Kohls, in the store, for  $99 and I had a $10 coupon  to bring it down to $89

For anyone who is shopping right now, Kohl's has the V3250 model on sale for $99 - there is also a 15% off Father's Day coupon now until next Wednesday. Paid $85 for mine!

euge, how much is that sous vide thing when it's in stock? I'm curious.
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