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#1 matt6150

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:13 AM

Looking at my inventory I have hops from as far back as the 2013 harvest. Those are getting tossed regardless(Summit and Belma), but wondering how far back should I go? Everything is frozen and vacuum sealed. At this point for the amount of brewing I will probably be doing going forward I don't want to risk anything. I'm thinking keep everything form 2017 and newer. Maybe the couple lbs. that I have from 2016 that I haven't opened. That would still leave me with about 15lbs. and even that will take me a bit to get through with my projected brewing plans. I think a triple/imperial/whatever you want to call it IPA is in order.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:24 AM

I'm in a similar boat here. Cleaning and organizing a lot of my stuff in preparation to get brewing again for the first time in almost 2 years. I know my hop freezer has a decent amount of stuff from '13 and '14 that will probably get pitched but there is a fair amount of unopened stuff from '15-'16 that I imagine is still quite good. Would like to hear differing thoughts if anyone disagrees.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:36 AM

I have unopened bags as far as 2016 also some opened and re-sealed. All frozen. Recently used some 2016 Amarillo and it was perfect.
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#4 matt6150

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:37 AM

I'm in a similar boat here. Cleaning and organizing a lot of my stuff in preparation to get brewing again for the first time in almost 2 years. I know my hop freezer has a decent amount of stuff from '13 and '14 that will probably get pitched but there is a fair amount of unopened stuff from '15-'16 that I imagine is still quite good. Would like to hear differing thoughts if anyone disagrees.

Really?! Well now I don't feel as bad. Last I brewed was June 2019.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:45 AM

I'm in a similar boat here. Cleaning and organizing a lot of my stuff in preparation to get brewing again for the first time in almost 2 years. I know my hop freezer has a decent amount of stuff from '13 and '14 that will probably get pitched but there is a fair amount of unopened stuff from '15-'16 that I imagine is still quite good. Would like to hear differing thoughts if anyone disagrees.

The hops I purged from my freezer last week were mainly ones where the bags (Foodsaver) had lost their seal, and the hops inside smelled and/or looked off.  A couple I tossed where I recalled using them and the resulting beer wasn't that great; one involved some Columbus that had lost its punch and the last beer I made with hops from that bag was noticeably underbittered.

 

I'd say that if the bags are still properly sealed, you're probably good, and if you're willing to open them, take a sniff.  If they smell/look good, then no need to toss.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:51 AM

Really?! Well now I don't feel as bad. Last I brewed was June 2019.

 

Thanks guys. 

 

Yeah, the last time was like June or July of '18, I'd have to look.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 04:47 AM

I threw out some 2013 Belma on Saturday, too.  Probably tossed around total 4lbs that have been living in my freezer for too long.  Finally used some of the unopened packs of 2016 hops yesterday, 


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 06:09 AM

I think Ken would tell everyone to throw out any Belma they have  :lol:


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 06:12 AM

I think Ken would tell everyone to throw out any Belma they have  :lol:

Maybe I should send mine to him!


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 06:13 AM

Maybe I should send mine to him!

That would be hilarious


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 08:21 AM

I think Ken would tell everyone to throw out any Belma they have  :lol:

 

He wouldn't be the only one! I tossed 3lbs of that garbage too. 


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#12 matt6150

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 09:17 AM

I just completed my purge. Not as bad as I thought. Chucked out about 5lbs worth of stuff. The oldest thing I kept was 7oz of Nugget from 2015. That still leaves me with 17lbs. worth.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 11:22 AM

Maybe I should send mine to him!

 

Lol. Ken receives 13# of Belma from a group hop purge.... awesome.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 07:15 PM

Let’s send him some Belgian strains too!!!
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