you two are funny.
nothing funny about it, this is a very serious discussion, strictly concerning hop
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oh i thought everyone agreed WET was better...I can think of a few cases where that is true, just not this one.
If you have dried hops that are 3 years old and dried hops that are from the latest harvest, both are dried, but neither one is fresh. If they have been dried, when would they stop being "fresh" to you, when the new harvest comes out? Seriously, I'm curious how long you would apply the word fresh to dried hops in this scenario? You might call them "new", or "this year's harvest", or 2010 and 2007.
So hops that have been harvested, dried, nitrogen flushed and shipped directly to me aren't fresh? Personally, I think dried hops are fresh as long as they maintain good flavor/aroma and AA%, which differs according to hop variety and storage conditions.
Think about this from the perspective of the typical consumer, asuming the typical consumer has never seen a hop in their life. They see a bottle with "fresh hopped" on the lable and they think to themselves, this beer is made with hops (whatever that is) that are newer rather than older.
If they see a bottle with "Wet hopped" on the lable they think, this beer is made with an unusual technique (whatever that is). Setting it apart from beer hopped the normal (whatever that is) way.