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pint of lager said:Hops, those little 12 gm packs that tangent mentioned form the supermarket. How long have they been hanging on that hook? Hops need proper storage to mainatin fresh flavours and bitterness levels. If there is an AA rating prinetd on the bag, chances are it is wrong due to long term storage.
I've never seen an AA rating on any of those 'little bags' from the supermarket and haven't used them in years.
However I think they are good for their purpose - improving cheap kits by dry hopping.
They are reasonably cheap, come in a nifty tea bag to stop sludge and make a huge aroma/flavour difference to basic K+K's.
I think most novices that start trying to improve their brews head down this path (i did).
If it kindles a person's interest to get further involved in the hobby then more power to the humble 12g pack :chug:
Unfortunately most (uninformed) people are happy to just chug away doing the occasional kit brew and some HBS are only interested in supporting these types.
The majority of people who have tried home brewing (it seems nearly every second person at some stage during their life) are either blissfully ignorant or apathetic about improving the end results. It's a sad fact that most of these people's sole source of brewing education comes from these same HBS.
When the main home brew advertising lure for many years has been 'brew cheep beer' it's little wonder the majority have never progressed past the basics.
It's always heartening to see the range of improvisiation and resourcefulness of those on this forum. With such little commercially available equipment (compared to the US) it's good to see the members sharing experience and knowledge. If it involves innovation, power tools, cost saving and a good learning experience then all the better.
Most of us here are happily sliding down the slippery slope from occasional hobbiest to compulsive obsessive and Tight Arse Brewing is all part of the fun.