Quite a few folks took advantage of our Fresh Hop Buy and are getting their supplies starting real soon.
If you're a pro brewer - great! Just make sure you schedule your day and do that the right way, but us homebrewers don't really have that option. Why do we need to worry? Since the hops haven't been dried out, they carry a lot of water and as our produce drawers demonstrate time and time again - water + green stuff + time = ick. (In this case, mold) [ETA: Please note, I'm not talking long term storage with this - please use your hops in the near term. aka 2 weeks]
So what to do?
Two quick options I've found online:
- Freeze the hops. Vacuum seal the buggers (or into a freezer bag and squeeze as much air out as possible) and then straight into the freezer. Thaw them before use. A number of brewers have reported perfect results with this
- Keg the hops - If you have a spare keg, drop the hops in the keg and purge the keg several times with CO2. Keep the keg cold and use soon.
There you go fresh hoppers! Hopefully that will keep your hops ready for when you're ready!