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How can I best store spare hops?

What's the best way to properly store spare  hops?

What's the best way to properly store opened hops?


This is a fair enough question. Hops are expensive and if you've got some spare, keeping them as fresh as possible is a good idea.

The short answer to the question is that it turns out that turns out freezing hops is actually a common method of beer brewers!

If you've purchased a vacuum sealed packet of hops and have some leftover, then freezing them is a tried and true method of keeping spare hops fresh.

If you like me to teach you to suck eggs, this is how you do it.take your leftover beer hops and place them in a clean, unused zip-lock bag.

Remove the excess air by folding it over and then seal the bag. If you happen to possess a vacuum sealer we suggest you use it to remove all the air.

Grab a Sharpie pen and write on the name of the hops on the bag so you don't forget what they are and then chuck them in the freezer until required for your next brew day.

In such cases, you might not need to freeze the hops if the sealing has been done properly, but it wouldn't hurt just the same.

You can also refrigerate the hops


Again, put them in a fresh zip lock bag or something else airtight (like a clean lunch box). I read somewhere that hops can stay fresh for up to a year this way.

How to get cheap hops 


Specialty brewing shops will off load older hops fairly regularly to their regular customers. A handy trick is to follow your local brewing specialists on Facebook and other social media and keep an eye out for hops give-a-ways.

The ones I follow often announce that they are giving away their old hops stock because they have a fresh order coming in.


Signing off 

I reckon that as long as your hops has not been exposed to too much oxygen, they will keep well enough for the average homebrewer to not have to worry about hops going stale.

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