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Offline Lylebobyle

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My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:13:48 PM »
I have home-grown Fuggle, Chinook and Nugget sealed tight with all the air pushed out of the freezer bags the best I could. (no food sealer available) These are 2013 crop...

Are they still viable now to brew with, or would I just use more of them? I just used some Fuggle and Nugget in a brew last week, so I am hoping they still do well. They still smelled good anyway....Just wondering,

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Re: My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 07:41:24 PM »
As long as they smell good, use em! Id keep them to dryhopping since you dont have an AA analysis, but if you dont care about bitterness being off a tad, use em before you lose em!
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Re: My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 07:07:47 PM »
Thanks. I will definitely do so! This years plants are already up to my gutters on the house! :) 3rd year plants...

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Re: My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 09:45:11 PM »
I left a small bag in my freezer by mistake for one year. They were black as coal. So one year = bad in my experience. Also, I noticed a bit of off flavor with Nugget hops after 6 months. Still used them, but noticed an odd grassy flavor. My Chinook hops seemed to be better at aging.
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Re: My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2014, 03:46:53 AM »
If you go through all the trouble of growing hops, I suggest you at least invest in a cheap vacuum sealer.  Your hops will thank you.
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Re: My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 06:11:41 PM »
If you go through all the trouble of growing hops, I suggest you at least invest in a cheap vacuum sealer.  Your hops will thank you.

A valid point. We actually had one before I got into brewing, but never used it. Go figure...lol. Time to get another one.  :)

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Re: My home-grown dried hops in freezer bags. Good 4 how long?
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2014, 07:39:29 PM »
If you go through all the trouble of growing hops, I suggest you at least invest in a cheap vacuum sealer.  Your hops will thank you.

A valid point. We actually had one before I got into brewing, but never used it. Go figure...lol. Time to get another one.  :)

Yeah... Start buying your hops in bulk and save money. I used my food savor for hops and when I get a whole delmonico cut lol
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