Can I boil my hops in a gallon of wort for bittering, then store it in a Masson jar in my fridge for a week? Will this hold its properties?

  • Thank you both for your quick responses. Both very helpful. In addition, if I made a hop tea for aroma and flavor, could this be held in an air tight container then added later to my chilled wort?
    – Nick C
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 14:38
  • hop tea, only using water would work. but boil it, put it in a canning jar, lightly close and put in fridge, it should seal it. (must be a canning jar with 2 part lid.) other wise make it on your brew day.
    – jsolarski
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 16:09

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Yes you could, in theory, do this.

boiling in that small of a scale, you will lose hop utilization, and maybe difficult to calculate final IBUs.

also sanitation, if you add this to post boil wort to bitter, there is a chance of introducing other things that may spoil your beer....

  • I agree. It's likely to harbor some form of wild contamination, and should be boiled again for a few minutes when ready to use just to kill off anything that might have found its way in there.
    – dmtaylor
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 0:59

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