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Storing hop pellets


Sean Faires • Springfield, Illinois asks,

I have been brewing for a little over a year and usually buy my ingredients by the batch, meaning I only buy what I’m going to brew for every batch I make. I have been thinking about buying ingredients in greater quantity and storing them. I know that hop pellets don’t age as fast as whole hops, but can or should you freeze hop pellets to extend their life? If you can or should, how long would they keep?


This is a good question with a very straightforward answer — storing hops at freezer temperatures does extend their life and will not damage the hops. How can I be so definitive,
Response by Ashton Lewis.