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I'm sure we all suffer from wanting to try everything new and exciting in the realms of hops, and it's definitely great that places like Triple J Homebrew sell hops in 50 g quantities to minimise wastage in test batches.

However, it's still much easier to store (and find!) 10 kinds of hops than 25. It also means you can buy a smaller range in bulk and save money.

Just interested in others thoughts' about what hops/hop combos they've found to reduce SKUs in their freezer.

For example, in my time brewing, I've accrued: Amarillo, Bru-1, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, EKG, Fuggles, Galaxy, Hallertauer, Magnum, Mosaic, Perle, Sabro, Simcoe and Warrior.

To simplify my inventory a bit, I'm phasing out Magnum for Warrior (higher AA/gram and hence AA/$), and I'm dropping Fuggles as EKG is good enough for me for my occasional UK styles. I'm also dropping Hallertauer for Perle, as pretty much all my Hallertauer brews have boiled it for 60 minutes anyway, and I think Perle is more interesting if I need a later addition.

Equally, I'm sure those that brew fewer American APA/IPAs, would look at my list and find it gratuitous to have Cascade AND Centennial AND Columbus.

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My addiction, I mean problem, was similar to yours BL but I made a change to my attitude. Rather than try and have a combo of hops to keep I now just have enough for the next couple of brews. I unsubscribed from some hop suppliers and now just grab a couple of 100g packets at a time when I make purchases from the Melbourne suppliers. It also helps to try the new release hops that seem to hit the market more frequently than say 20-30 years ago.
 

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Worth noting that its really Hallertau Magnum, and Hallertau Perl, both bread out of Hallertau Mittlefruh.
Hallertau Magnum is my go to bittering hop for anything German (even European) but I would like to have at least one of the noble hops (add Saaz) So Mittlefruh, Hersbrucker, Tetnang, Spalt and Saaz available.

Hard to live without Simcoe, all the rest it would just be a matter of personal taste.
Lucky for me I have a very good local home brew supplier who has a good range in good condition that I can pick from, so rather pay a couple of dollars more and have the best choice I can.
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Thanks fellas.

Rather than try and have a combo of hops to keep I now just have enough for the next couple of brews.
Oh, don't get me wrong – that's how I started doing it. But the problem is the leftovers from various packets leads to making a decision onto whether to make a "leftovers brew" or to restock that hop.

Things also changed a bit when I went from buying 3-4 batches of pre-milled grains at a time, to dusting off the machine tools and building a grain mill so I could stock a few basic grains (including bulk base malt) and brew whatever I want, when I want (with 10% more efficiency!). That meant also keeping more stock of hops.

Addiction indeed. :p

Worth noting that its really Hallertau Magnum, and Hallertau Perl, both bread out of Hallertau Mittlefruh.
Good point, and I should have said Hallertau Tradition in my list above.
 

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My LHBS supplies hops by the gram with the recipe, they are all well looked after (better than most home brewers treat their hops) no leftovers, same with malt, I order a recipe, get to choose the crack to suit my needs, all packed in barrier bags... Have stored orders for months and cant see any deterioration in the malt or the hops.
Brewman is a site sponsor so Ya Brewman, there are a couple of hundred recipes on the website, you do have to register to get into them. Good alternative to storing, weighing milling and all that.
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I just put down a Fuggles Best Bitter hahah.

But either way, I would suggest (in my opinion) on using Magnum as bittering and ditching the Warrior. The $ saved is negligible and I find Magnum to be a very clean and neutral bittering hop.

Hard to go past Citra and Simcoe.

Sabro and Bru-1 don't do much for me, i've used em both and they are good but it's hard to go past Galaxy / Citra / Simcoe

Good post, and I am similar to MHB in that I order only a small stock at a time, not by the gram though.

I am a bit strange, and will alter my recipe to pretty much use up multiples of 5 and best case 25 / 50 so for instance I went with 25g of Fuggles for the end, and I went with 7 (I know I know) of Magnum. The reason? I can then use 100g for 4 brews if that makes sense? I did the same with Saaz, and use 80g per recipe, buy it by the 250 and just chuck a gram in here or there so I use up a whole bag. I hate having 3g of this and 12g of that floating in the freezer.

I guess I also pick a style and brew a few iterations of it, and then move on. (Other than Pils) so I guess I do phases. For instance I just went through a Hazy phase and I am all hopped out so now i'm headed towards the West Coast IPA / English Bitters phase! BRING ON SUMMER!!!!!
 
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