ziplock bags vs ball jars

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by inchrisin, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (470) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

  2. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (740) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005 Verified

    Ziplock bags are bot oxygen proof, but might be good enough. How will you remove oxygen with ball jars?
  3. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Ive never heard of people using ball jars to store hops. Hops cousin is a completely different story.
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  4. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2007

    I bought a used food saver on ebay for like $50 and have no complaints. You get what you pay for and Ziplock makes a living on disposables.
  5. Mfedonczak

    Mfedonczak Aficionado (200) Texas Aug 18, 2008

    Ive stored hops in mason jars with great results, but I also purged the jars with co2.
  6. DubbelMan

    DubbelMan Aficionado (180) New York Mar 17, 2009

    I have one. It works OK but not perfect. They seal just fine but once frozen they tend to loose their seal. I went to buy more the other day and my store had them all discontinued. So I am not sure if they ever still make them. Next purchase will be a food saver type bagger!


  7. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (470) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    I'm sort of surprised to hear more people don't use good food saver bags.
    How do you store hops? :)
  8. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (740) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005 Verified

    For me it's a non-issue. I buy them pre-packaged in 1 oz packs and I typically use them in 1 oz quanitites. I'm not a huge hophead. The most I have ever used in one batch is 7 oz. In 2012 I used 40 oz of hops, which included 19 different varieties, in 11 batches of beer. Average cost is about $2 per pack, so I spent ~ $80 on hops this year. 1-oz packages are expensive but give me great flexibility to try new things and don't force me to worry as much about storage.

    I will only use partial packages of hops when I have plans to brew the remaining part soon (within 1-7 days, typically). Under those cicrumstances, I use ziplocks and the freezer. Also, I try to only use pellets because they keep better than cones. I recently brewed a batch with EKG cone hops and they were kind of bad - lost their best qualities. I was bummed.
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  9. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Advocate (585) Vermont Mar 10, 2006

    Exactly. I've been doing this for many years with good results. And I store the jars in the freezer.
  10. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (920) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

    I plopped the money for a foodsaver, especially since I have alot of whole leaf hops and they take up some serious room.

    I've also bought some ball mason jars and there is an attachment to suck the air out of mason jars as well that I've been thinking about getting and trying out, atleast for pellet hops.
  11. Foodsaver has a mason jar attachment to pull a vacuum.
  12. sarcastro

    sarcastro Savant (440) Michigan Sep 20, 2006

    I bought these and use them mostly for hops. I often cut them in half, seal one side, and use them for about 2 ounces per bag.
  13. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

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  14. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (920) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

  15. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Savant (485) Nevada Dec 4, 2008 Verified

    As does my cheapo Black & Decker...but glass doesn't sound any better for hops than a primary (clumsy me : )
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