Author Topic: Hop Age Tool  (Read 4523 times)

Offline Emian

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Hop Age Tool
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:09:47 AM »
How are you using the hop age tool with nitrogen flushed foil bags?

If I have a 5KG pellet bag from the 2012 crop, and I open it in April, is that a "fresh" bag, or do I use the hop age tool and count a number of months from.... (when?) When it was picked, when it was peletized?

I have an unopened 5KG bag of nitrogen packed 2011 Saaz. If I open that, how do use the hopg age tool? Is that 18 months old, or fresh whne I open it?


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Re: Hop Age Tool
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 11:21:49 PM »
Even in nitrogen, hops oxidize and age.   Myself and everyone I know always go by the harvest date. 

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Re: Hop Age Tool
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2013, 04:34:12 AM »
  I would personally treat it as a vacuum packed foil bag in the tool.  As others point out the hops will age with time, even if put in a vacuum or nitrogen sealed bag, though certainly they will decay slower than in air.

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