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#1 neddles

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:05 AM

When you guys order bulk hops, or even small bags, and use part of the bag...what are you doing to keep the rest of the bag fresh for the next use? And how long will you keep it this way?

 

Keeping it in a sealed bag or container in the freezer is the obvious advice but is it best practice to do something more... foodsaver bags, foodsaver tops on mason jars, CO2 flushed bags/jars?

 

I'm trying to balance best practices with practicality to get the most from my hops. Thanks.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:15 AM

I just vacuum seal the bag (foodsaver) and put back in the freezer.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:21 AM

foodsaver is your friend. I wish I had a bigger one, I only have the 8 inch kind. Having a bigger one for whole hops would be nice.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:33 AM

When I open a pound bag to use one or two ounces, I'll repackage and vacuum seal the rest in 2 oz. packets. Those will all go in a big freezer bag together. I also have a Tupperware container where I keep all my loose onesey-twosey ounces. In that container I have a big freezer bag that I keep all the partial ounces in. I try to use those as quickly as I can. For example, if I need a few IBUs to hit my target, I'll grab a quarter ounce of something out of that bag.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 05:37 AM

pretty much what these guys said.  I should consider the dividing up into small packages though.


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#6 djinkc

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 05:46 AM

Vacuum pack and freezer here.  I take out what I need and reseal.  It seems to work OK for pellets which is about all I use anymore.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:54 AM

When I get a new pound of hops I just break up everything into 1oz packs and vacuum pack and freeze. I try to design recipes for the whole oz, if not then I just reseal it.
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:00 AM

Vacuum pack and freezer here.  I take out what I need and reseal.  It seems to work OK for pellets which is about all I use anymore.

same here dj

 

I make a long bag that will allow me to re-seal several times


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:05 AM

Ok so it pretty much sounds like I'm in need of vacuum sealer. I'm on it.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:38 AM

Ok so it pretty much sounds like I'm in need of vacuum sealer. I'm on it.

 

If you're using whole you need to pick out any stems and sticks.  I hated that when a bag looked great going in the freezer and later one poked a little hole in it.


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#11 MtnBrewer

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 12:07 PM

 

If you're using whole you need to pick out any stems and sticks.  I hated that when a bag looked great going in the freezer and later one poked a little hole in it.

 

We're still talking about hops right?





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