Yellow Kent Goldings - indicative of poor storage?

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  1. pweis909

    pweis909 Meyvn (1,307) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    I just opened up a couple ounces of "leaf" hop EKGs. I picked these up a month ago at Northern Brewer, so presumably they are 2011 harvest. I almost always use pellet hops but they were out when I was at their store. There is some good aroma, not cheesy, but pretty low in intensity. Is it pretty typical for these hops to be yellow-brown after 1 year of cold, oxygen free storage? Am I seeing the poor storage quality of the hop?
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    pweis909 Meyvn (1,307) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    Additionally, very seedy.
  3. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,199) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    British hops with a lot of seeds is not unusual.

    If they don't smell bad, give them a try. EKG is one hop that age is not all that bad on in my experience. I had a pound of EKG that had a lot of yellow and some brown, but made some great British IPAs.
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