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Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« on: October 11, 2011, 10:04:00 AM »
In the past I've struggled to find some hops come summer time.  This year, now as the 2011 hops hit the shelves, I am considering buying certain hops in volume.  How many people here stock pile there hops?  Who just buys on a just-in-time basis?

It's funny because I only buy base grain by the sack now a days but never any other ingridients even though I brew enough that storage time probably isn't an issue so long as I keep inventory age in mind when planning what to make.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 10:22:47 AM »
I harvested about 5 lb. (after drying) of my own Cascades.  I ordered 3-4 lb. of other hops (lb. of each).  But I still have a total of maybe 20-22 lb. of other hops from the last few years vacuum sealed in the freezer .
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 10:30:08 AM »
Yep, buy grain in bulk, buy hops in bulk.  I usually get several pounds from Hopsdirect in the Fall and live off that.  I only buy onesie-twosies when I need a very specific hop that I'm not going to use enough of to make a bulk buy effective.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 10:37:15 AM »
Yep, buy grain in bulk, buy hops in bulk.  I usually get several pounds from Hopsdirect in the Fall and live off that.  I only buy onesie-twosies when I need a very specific hop that I'm not going to use enough of to make a bulk buy effective.

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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 10:45:33 AM »
Me too, I have about 10 lbs of hops in my freezer right now.  It makes sense for my favorite varieties, and like hokerer I supplement with other varieties as needed/desired.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 11:13:11 AM »
yep - i was on the sites first day and glad I was - amarillo was up and gone in a day at HD.

I have about 7lbs in the freezer now, but I ordered another 6lbs or so - I am fairly confident with my new brewhouse I'll be brewing more, as well as I have been enjoying much larger dryhop amounts recently (4-5oz per 10gal), so I think my usage will go up.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 11:37:31 AM »
I just ordered a few pounds of various hops myself. I have several pounds of assorted hops from '09 and '10 still vacuum sealed in my freezer, but I like to purchase some fresh inventory each year... mostly for dry hopping my IPA's and APA's.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2011, 11:58:02 AM »
yep - i was on the sites first day and glad I was - amarillo was up and gone in a day at HD.

I have about 7lbs in the freezer now, but I ordered another 6lbs or so - I am fairly confident with my new brewhouse I'll be brewing more, as well as I have been enjoying much larger dryhop amounts recently (4-5oz per 10gal), so I think my usage will go up.

I brewed on that day, and when I was done about 2:30, the Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial were gone (assuming they were all there in the AM).  Ordered a 8 oz. Amarillo and 1 lb Centennial from Freshops.

My freezer is just about full from orders I made late last year and homegrown hops.  Need to start brewing hoppy beers to make room for the European hops come the first part of 2012.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 03:39:01 PM »
I have at least a few pounds on hand at any one time, 4-8oz of any one variety.  Its nice to set yourself up this way, my experience is that the hops stay good for a couple of years at least.

I have the advantage of buying from a supplier that buys in bulk and resells retail (2,4,8oz) at reasonable prices.  It gives me access to stuff that is occasionally unavailable via other sources.  I've got Amarillo and Simcoe in the freezer right now for example.

Whay are these hops in short supply?  And Centennial?  Thats an even more "standard" hop isn't it?
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2011, 03:46:32 PM »
buy amarillo and simcoe while you can...

8oz (max limit) amarillo
16oz simcoe  (32oz max limit)

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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2011, 04:07:00 PM »
Good topic.  I just bought a few ounces of Saaz, Cascade and Tettnanger.  Wast thinking of buying in more bulk but was not sure if they would keep well, even vaccuum sealed.

What about in the bottom of my lagering fridge at 36F.  Is that good or should I freeze them?
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2011, 04:18:35 PM »
Yeah, I went to my LHBS last week and stumbled into whole Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin pellets.  Snagged 3/4 pound of Simcoe and 1/2 lb of NS. Not really stockin up but I bought what I could get my hands on. Really love the pop on both these varieties. 
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2011, 04:20:10 PM »
Good topic.  I just bought a few ounces of Saaz, Cascade and Tettnanger.  Wast thinking of buying in more bulk but was not sure if they would keep well, even vaccuum sealed.

What about in the bottom of my lagering fridge at 36F.  Is that good or should I freeze them?

They keep great if vac sealed and frozen - up to a couple years.

I don't know that I would keep them at the bottom of a lagering freezer - mine tends to pool condensation from time to time.
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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2011, 04:32:39 PM »
Gotta love the forum and my fellow homebrewers!  

Just went on HopsDirect and bought a pound each of Cascade, Czech Saaz and Tettnanger leaf hops.   :D

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Re: Anyone here stock up on hops this time of year...
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2011, 04:51:37 PM »
Gotta love the forum and my fellow homebrewers!  

Just went on HopsDirect and bought a pound each of Cascade, Czech Saaz and Tettnanger leaf hops.   :D

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You are aware that the Czech Saaz are from last year?  Are the Tett US Tett (2011) or German Tett (2010)?   The origin will have a big influence.

The European hops are on line after the New Year.  Customs and all that.
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