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Offline Tfwebster

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Frozen Hops
« on: September 25, 2021, 07:13:38 pm »
I've recently been offered  a bunch of frozen, vacuum sealed hops.  I doubt  they've been dried. Anyone brewed with "green" frozen hops? Pointers?
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2021, 07:19:21 pm »
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2021, 07:32:55 pm »
I'd pass.  Yakima Chief has started selling frozen "wet" hops, but they freeze them with liquid nitrogen.
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2021, 01:30:57 pm »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2021, 02:13:58 pm »
I would be cautiously optimistic. Would be a shame to pass up free ingredients, though.

Depending on how it's prepped I'd assume that freezing could be brutal to the resins. Frozen green beans turn out just fine but I'm not worried about their aromatics.

Only one way to find out for sure. I hope it works out.

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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2021, 04:39:09 pm »
Currently fermenting a witbier where I used the Blue Lake crystal hops in late boil addition. Smelled great going into the fermenter.
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2021, 06:52:30 pm »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

Never heard of them, thanks !

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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2021, 12:47:06 am »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

Never heard of them, thanks !

https://bluelakehops.com/
Thanks for the link. I keep hearing great things about Michigan Chinook, so I'm quite interested in those. I just have to find the freezer space to hide a kilo of hops from the wife...
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2021, 02:56:49 am »
I've heard of people freezing their own fresh hops because they don't have the ability to dry that volume or simply don't want to deal with it. Seems like the results have been decent. If they were vacuum sealed and frozen immediately I would give them a whirl if free. When you open them if they smell bad then send them to the compost. No loss for you.
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2021, 02:40:08 pm »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

Never heard of them, thanks !

https://bluelakehops.com/
Thanks for the link. I keep hearing great things about Michigan Chinook, so I'm quite interested in those. I just have to find the freezer space to hide a kilo of hops from the wife...

For Michigan Chinook, check Michigan Hop Alliance. They just completed harvest.
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2021, 06:15:39 pm »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

Never heard of them, thanks !

https://bluelakehops.com/
Thanks for the link. I keep hearing great things about Michigan Chinook, so I'm quite interested in those. I just have to find the freezer space to hide a kilo of hops from the wife...

My freezer space is limited also.
When time comes, I'll order right before I'm ready to brew.
I might use the leftovers to make a hop necklace for the wife  :D

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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2021, 09:34:30 pm »
Thanks for all the feedback! I took them and will let you know what happens.
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2021, 05:35:21 pm »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

Never heard of them, thanks !

https://bluelakehops.com/
Thanks for the link. I keep hearing great things about Michigan Chinook, so I'm quite interested in those. I just have to find the freezer space to hide a kilo of hops from the wife...

For Michigan Chinook, check Michigan Hop Alliance. They just completed harvest.

Thanks for the tip! They're not selling 1-pound quantities right now, just 11lb bags of pellets. That would probably be even harder to hide than a kilo of cones...  ;D
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Re: Frozen Hops
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2021, 07:20:30 pm »
I've brewed a SMASH lager with the Blue Lake Process fresh hops-it was fantastic. Used it like any other fresh hop-mostly late in the boil/whirlpool and dry hop.

Never heard of them, thanks !

https://bluelakehops.com/
Thanks for the link. I keep hearing great things about Michigan Chinook, so I'm quite interested in those. I just have to find the freezer space to hide a kilo of hops from the wife...

For Michigan Chinook, check Michigan Hop Alliance. They just completed harvest.

Thanks for the tip! They're not selling 1-pound quantities right now, just 11lb bags of pellets. That would probably be even harder to hide than a kilo of cones...  ;D

Just talked to Brian at MI Hop Alliance.  They will have 1 pounders available by Mon., maybe as soon as tomorrow.
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