Freezing Hops

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Rizalini, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. Rizalini

    Rizalini Zealot (537) Jan 20, 2011 Nevada
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    I was looking into buying organic hops (locally grown), that have been dried, vaccuum sealed, and frozen. Is it ok to freeze the hops, or will that affect the lupin?
  2. yinzer

    yinzer Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2006 Pennsylvania

    It's actually preferred for long term storage.

    The only negative thing that I've heard is someone mentioned that they live in a humid area and found freezer burn in what they themselves had packaged. This of course won't pertain to your case.
  3. messyhair42

    messyhair42 Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    I'm lucky enough to have access to an industrial grade vacuum sealer, I haven't gotten any hops off of my own vines but whenever I have partial amounts left over I seal them and freeze them, I keep them in their packaging so I have the variety and AA% info right there; In the past I have used Zip lock vacuum pump bags with good results.
  4. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Initiate (0) May 21, 2010 Texas

    I don't even have a vacuum sealer or CO2 purge, but I have found that if you squeeze the air out and freeze them immediately after use, there is no discernible loss of quality, even over months. I just used hops that were at least six months old, they taste just fine in the finished beer. Never considered freezer burn, but I guess it's possible if it's super humid when you store them.
  5. darknova306

    darknova306 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2005 New York

    I've kept hops for several years in vacuum containers in the freezer and noticed very little degradation. The hop variety will play a fairly large role in addition to oxygen levels and temperature. Some just store better than others.

    Enjoy those local hops, Rizalini!
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