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JT
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Username: Jt100

Post Number: 313
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 01:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am planning on making a PLambic soon. I don't have any stale hops, but I was thinking of placing them in a colander placed over a forced air heat vent for a week or two. Has anyone tried this? Or, will it even work?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 2428
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 01:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have staled hops by spreading them out on a cookie sheet in an oven set to its lowest setting with the door open. I opened the kitchen window and left the house for the day. The smell was none too pleasant (a little like cat pee or overripe cheese), but the method did the job.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 661
Registered: 02-2002
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 04:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I staled a half pound of pellets by putting them in a shallow bowl in a very sunny window in my office. I'd give the bowl a stir several times a day. Stank the place up something fierce for a week or so, then that started to fade. They got pale and had almost no aroma after about 3 weeks.
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Username: Beertracker

Post Number: 665
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 04:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For future use, I usually just place the previous year's unused whole hops in a brown paper bag and throw them in the attic.
CHEERS! Beertracker

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PaulK
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Username: Paulk

Post Number: 152
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 06:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can get aged or "de-bittered" hops from www.hopsdirect.com They have them listed in their pellet hops section.