Article Growing Hops At your local homebrew supply store, the grains are probably stored in bins or barrels at room temperature. In contrast, the hops are — or should be — refrigerated. The hops are stored cold for a reason — because fresher hops taste better. Written by Kristin Grant You'll Also Like Article MEMBERS ONLY Buying & Storing Hops There are many different varieties of hops available to the homebrewer. In addition, these hops come in a few different forms. Different forms of hops vary with regards to their storage potential Article MEMBERS ONLY IBUs: Modern Beers with Old Formulas – Advanced Brewing While these approximations are reliable enough for classic hopping techniques and amounts, hopping has evolved to be more varied and aggressive.