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tranquil_liza
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Username: Tranquil_liza

Post Number: 382
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.42.201.229
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 04:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

heeding the information i received from this board, i ordered 4 pounds of hops from "hops direct". 4 different selections @ 1 pound each.

i received the 4 different selections...except they weighed 1 3/4 pound each for a total weight of 7 pounds. i weighed them on my triple beam, so there's no mistake. that came out to about 35 cents an ounce. pretty good deal.
 

Chris Vejnovich
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Username: Cjv85vmax

Post Number: 529
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 139.55.239.24
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 05:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

shhhh...don't let that get out liza.....ha ha

I think everyone is ordering from Hops Direct due to the heavy weights.

I recently had the same results with some hops I ordered.

Peace out.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 753
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 05:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I still contend that I got ripped off by only receiving 19 ounces when I ordered 16. I'll think long and hard about ordering from these shysters again.
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 1798
Registered: 01-2004
Posted From: 68.4.202.69
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 02:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I ordered 9 pounds from Hops Direct and got 13. Now, I'll probably not use 13 pounds this year but the price was so good it's still economical over the little 1oz packs. I'll probably need to get a vacuum sealer now!
 

Mike Huss
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Username: Mikhu

Post Number: 1416
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.123.94.154
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Richard - WOW. NINE POUNDS? And I thought *I* was a hophead!
 

tranquil_liza
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Username: Tranquil_liza

Post Number: 383
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.42.201.229
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the vacuum sealer is great. sucks those leaf hops down into a rock formation. the bags are expensive though, and it takes a lot of bag material to package the hops. i ran out of bags. i think they can be revacuumed and resealed after each opening. i hope so.

i'm storing them at -2F, so they should be good for the year.
 

Chris Fahrenkopf
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Username: Newerbrewer

Post Number: 44
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.180.70.115
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just ordered some from there for the first time, ordered 3lbs and got 6! Also, spoke with one of the gals that works there and all their leaf hops (with the exception of Northern Brewer) are from this years harvest - no old/stale stuff. I don't have one of those vacuum sealers so I was gonna try using ziplock bags with my smallest attachment on my vacuum. I am off to the local Megamart to get the ziplock baggies now.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 2530
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 208.49.148.10
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

TL,

You can buy the bag material in rolls and make your own. It's less pricey to do it that way. And yes, if you only cut off a little you should be able to re-vac and seal the same bags again. I've seen the roll material in Kroger and Walmart before. NAYY
 

Mike G.
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Username: Mikeg

Post Number: 75
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 64.68.169.121
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I vacuum packed about 20 ozs of Willamette pellets last night using the mason jar attachment for my sealer. That seemed to work very well, we'll see if the seal holds when I brew again in a few weeks.

The nice thing about the jars is that you don't need to buy the bags - only the jars and mason lids.
 

Skotrat
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Username: Skotrat

Post Number: 2439
Registered: 04-2003
Posted From: 24.128.118.170
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the vacuum sealer is great. sucks those leaf hops down into a rock formation. the bags are expensive though

Advice to all those who are using sealers for hops.

place a small cotton ball on the vac holes in the sealers vac bay. This will help prevent the sealer being clogged with lupilin over time thus making the sealer last longer.

ebay can provide great deals on bags

-Scott
"Payday came and with it beer"
- Rudyard Kipling
 

Miker
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Username: Miker

Post Number: 610
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 69.15.183.207
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can buy generic vacuum seal bags at places like Walmart (no ... no, I don't shop there, I just heard they have them) that are a lot cheaper and seem to work just as well as the originals. There are small differences about them - like no black lines for help in cutting a straight edge - but they work.

Edit: Geez, I guess I'm a little slow. 3 posts came in by the time I typed mine, and now its old news.

(Message edited by miker on November 22, 2006)
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1134
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.236.23.234
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just picked up a Rival Seal-a-Meal vacuum sealer at Goodwill for $20. it's a current model (VS-120), and it was still in the box. Looked like it'd beeen used maybe 3 times, based on the number of bags and the roll of uncut bags in it.

The Food Saver bags work in it. The 1 pint bags will easily hold 4 ounces of pellets or 1 ounce of whole hops. The quart bags will hold 4 ounces of whole hops. I found the bags on sale at Kohl's a couple of days after buying the sealer.

I use the regualr vacuum setting for pellets and the "delicate" setting for whole hops.

Plus if you're carefull when cutting open a bag, you can take out what you need, then re-vacuum seal.

I just packaed the "4 lbs" of hops I got from Hops Direcct. More like 7 pounds!! Each bag of whole hops was marked 1 lb, but had over 2 lbs in each.
 

Rob Beck
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Username: Robbeck

Post Number: 296
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 64.216.142.116
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 06:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just let the extra hops age out of refrigeration and start making more Belgians.
 

tranquil_liza
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Username: Tranquil_liza

Post Number: 384
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.42.201.229
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 08:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

chris....you really bummed me out. one of the 4 varieties i bought was northern brewer. it doesn't seem right to sell last years crop without letting the customer know.

paul....what was your logic on using the delicate setting to package your leaf hops?? as i said earlier, mine are like rock formations. i got all the air out of there.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1136
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.236.23.234
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 08:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

TL,

I did some bags on the normal setting, but decided I didn't want crush the whole hops any more than necessary.

Miker,

I'll look at my local WM for generic bags. It'll be awhile before I need any, tho.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2310
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.38
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

TL, they will still be quite fresh, I've ordered from them year round with no worries. Besides, looks like you got the last of the N.Brewers as they're out now! :-)
 

Tim Wi
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Username: Riverkeeper

Post Number: 643
Registered: 03-2005
Posted From: 170.141.68.2
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul,

We use the sealer for packaging venison. We butcher our own. I've quit using the generic variety bags, I have not had as much luck with them maintaining a seal. For something that will only be in the freezer for a few months is probably not a big deal, but venison stored a year or more in the generic bags seemed to degrade (freezer burn) faster than that contained in the name brand.

Tim
 

Ramon A
Junior Member
Username: Ramon

Post Number: 61
Registered: 05-2004
Posted From: 64.149.120.45
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I organized a group buy for our club last year from Hopsdirect. Almost 40lbs, and since we ordered over 25lbs. of one type (whole), they gave us 25% off of all the hops of said type.

They were more accurate with their measurements, but the discount helped ease the pain.

I just ordered 4lbs of last year's German hops due to the poor crop this year (I got at least an extra 4oz. of each variety).
 

Jim O'Conner
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Username: Roguejim

Post Number: 762
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 65.124.41.169
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 08:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting...I ordered 1lb of Northern Brewer in October, and was told they were from the current crop.
Jim
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1137
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.236.23.234
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 01:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tim,

Thanks for the data point. I still have a good supply of Food Saver bags. I'll just keep an eye out for sales. I do intend to use the sealer for other stuff besides hops.

I don't deer hunt, but I have a friend who is a bow-hunter, and seems to always have a freezer overflowing with meat his family won't help him eat (he has two young girls who haven't yet acquired a taste for venison). He travels extensively around the US on his hunting trips.

I trade him some HB'd beer for some of his excess meat. Right now, I have deer, elk, antelope & caribou in the freezer. Some whole cuts, some ground.

MMMMMM, elkburgers...