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Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« on: June 02, 2021, 04:48:54 PM »
While sorting through the hops stored in my basement deep freezer I came across a few packs that are 5 years old at this juncture.  What say yee: Toss them or use them?

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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2021, 04:57:03 PM »
Give them a sniff. I've used hops close to that old that were perfectly fine. They were unopened in original vacuum sealed Mylar for most of that time. I do age them to reflect a more realistic AA%. BeerSmith has a hop aging tool and I've seen one somewhere else, but not sure of the site.
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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2021, 05:14:53 PM »
Hops are cheap and life it too short to take risks on hop freshness imo.

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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2021, 05:17:05 PM »
Are they still in original packaging?
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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2021, 06:36:51 PM »
Are they still in original packaging?

Yes, but some were previously opened.  They have always been frozen though.

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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2021, 06:59:21 PM »
Are they still in original packaging?

Yes, but some were previously opened.  They have always been frozen though.

If they weren't vacuum sealed they may be questionable.  Give them a sniff.
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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2021, 07:20:18 PM »
If they weren't vacuum sealed they may be questionable.  Give them a sniff.

Is there a telltale odor that indicates they are no longer usable?

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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2021, 07:29:17 PM »
If they weren't vacuum sealed they may be questionable.  Give them a sniff.

Is there a telltale odor that indicates they are no longer usable?

Cheese or dirty socks....seriously.  They should smell like hops.  Break up a few pellets.
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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2021, 10:58:37 AM »

Cheese or dirty socks....seriously.  They should smell like hops.  Break up a few pellets.

Had some opened Centennial hops that were in the freezer for 6 months. Cheesy describes it perfectly. There wasn't any "hop smell" left.

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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2021, 04:05:03 PM »
Assuming they smell OK, perhaps only use them for IBUs, not flavor or aroma.

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Re: Found some old pellet hops in my deep freezer
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2021, 06:03:01 PM »
Give them a sniff. I've used hops close to that old that were perfectly fine. They were unopened in original vacuum sealed Mylar for most of that time. I do age them to reflect a more realistic AA%. BeerSmith has a hop aging tool and I've seen one somewhere else, but not sure of the site.

ProMash used to have an age calculator for hops as well.
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