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Hop Shelf Life
Liz Park — Boston, Massachusetts asks,
I often find myself buying hops by the pound . . . of last year’s crop. I find these hops still to have plenty of aroma and character and often can find them discounted. I vacuum seal my hops and will use for another year, sometimes two. Is there a reason I should be buying the new crops or are last year’s crops “good nuff” in your opinion? Also, how long can properly stored hops remain fairly fresh?
This is a great question and brings up several things that need to be considered because hops do age when stored, and using hops that are past their prime for brewing is