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Liz Park — Boston, Massachusetts asks,


I usually discover myself shopping for hops by the pound . . . of final yr’s crop. I discover these hops nonetheless to have loads of aroma and character and sometimes can discover them discounted. I vacuum seal my hops and can use for one more yr, typically two. Is there a motive I needs to be shopping for the brand new crops or are final yr’s crops “good nuff” in your opinion? Additionally, how lengthy can correctly saved hops stay pretty contemporary?


This can be a nice query and brings up a number of issues that have to be thought of as a result of hops do age when saved, and utilizing hops which are previous their prime for brewing is

Response by Ashton Lewis.