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Re: Preservation of hops

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  • Bob
    ... fit a ... bottles ... win/win). ... org ... shall ... sky, my ... That is the way to go......My Beer Fridge holds 84 22 oz bottles in the bottom and I have
    Message 1 of 13 , Dec 3, 2008
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      --- In Grow-Hops@yahoogroups.com, Cal Frye <cjf@...> wrote:
      >
      > Michelle Katt wrote:
      > > Just how necessary is it to freeze hops? I don't think I could
      fit a
      > > popsicle in my freezer right now...
      >
      > For this holiday season, I'm hinting for a beer fridge. Kegs and
      bottles
      > down below, hops and extra freezer space up top (hoping for a
      win/win).
      >
      > --
      > Regards,
      > -- Cal Frye, www.calfrye.com, www.obeer.org
      > Oberlin [OH] Area Fermentation Specialists, OAFS [at] obeer [dot]
      org
      >
      > "The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and
      shall
      > not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the
      sky, my
      > lad, and drink your ale." -- A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad, 1896.
      >

      That is the way to go......My Beer Fridge holds 84 22 oz bottles in
      the bottom and I have 102 ounces of vacuum packed home grown hops in
      the freezer on top. Pretty sweet.
      Next year, I anticipate harvesting 150 ounces of hops from the
      garden. The freezer won't hold much more than that, so I may have an
      overflow to the chest freezer....
    • Steve
      I put 4oz of dry hops in a gallon ziplock and squished it flat between 2 pieces of plywood by sitting on it. (I call it fanny packing ) It didn t work, I
      Message 2 of 13 , Dec 22, 2008
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        I put 4oz of dry hops in a gallon ziplock and squished it flat between
        2 pieces of plywood by sitting on it. (I call it "fanny packing") It
        didn't work, I couldn't get the zipper to seal, I tried oil & bees wax
        as well as a mixture of the 2. Some sprung back in a few days & some
        in a few weeks and there are 2 or 3 that are still somewhat flat. I'll
        be using a vacuum sealer next year.
        The cheap models use expensive, but flimsy bags and will not work with
        anything else. I'm going for the one suggested on this group a few
        months back if the person will please remind us of his recommendation.
        Cramming them in a ball jar and vacuum sealing sounds good to me, I'd
        bet you could get an oz or more in a jar and that's the dose you pay
        $3 for in the homebrew shop.
        SteveH
      • Doug Rooney
        Steve, I use the 1 quart bags that come with the Vacuum Seal-a-Meal , I sealed some bags last August, and they are in my freezer and still sealed well. A
        Message 3 of 13 , Dec 23, 2008
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          Steve,
          I use the 1 quart bags that come with the Vacuum 'Seal-a-Meal', I sealed some bags last August, and they are in my freezer and still sealed well. A quart bag holds 2 Oz. of dried whole hops. YMMV
          -Dr.Doug


          From: Grow-Hops@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Grow-Hops@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve
          Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 7:33 PM
          To: Grow-Hops@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [Grow-Hops] Re: Preservation of hops, hop plugging made easy, vacuum sealers

          I put 4oz of dry hops in a gallon ziplock and squished it flat between
          2 pieces of plywood by sitting on it. (I call it "fanny packing") It
          didn't work, I couldn't get the zipper to seal, I tried oil & bees wax
          as well as a mixture of the 2. Some sprung back in a few days & some
          in a few weeks and there are 2 or 3 that are still somewhat flat. I'll
          be using a vacuum sealer next year.
          The cheap models use expensive, but flimsy bags and will not work with
          anything else. I'm going for the one suggested on this group a few
          months back if the person will please remind us of his recommendation.
          Cramming them in a ball jar and vacuum sealing sounds good to me, I'd
          bet you could get an oz or more in a jar and that's the dose you pay
          $3 for in the homebrew shop.
          SteveH

        • t2000kwt
          ... I would like to revisit that vacuum sealer again, just to bookmark it, but this is not the year for me to add equipment. You can use less vacuum bags with
          Message 4 of 13 , Dec 23, 2008
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            --- In Grow-Hops@yahoogroups.com, "Steve" <steve45h@...> wrote:

            > The cheap models use expensive, but flimsy bags and will not work with
            > anything else. I'm going for the one suggested on this group a few
            > months back if the person will please remind us of his recommendation.

            I would like to revisit that vacuum sealer again, just to bookmark it,
            but this is not the year for me to add equipment.

            You can use less vacuum bags with whatever brand of sealer you use if
            you make hop plugs first, then pack them into the bags, vacuum them,
            and seal them up. I make 1/2 ounce plugs and get a LOT of them into a
            vacuum bag.

            Don

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