I have been growing and using my own hops for a couple of years now. after harvesting this year I left them out to dry, they have been drying now for a little to long (about two months) they are all brown and papery. just wondering what the effects of being left out are, oxidization? alpha and beta acid loss? should I just toss them?
I've used "expired" hop flakes before, and BeerSensor's characterization of them as having "cheesy/sweaty off-flavors" is absolutely correct.
In that particular batch, an ~6% ABV IPA, the nose was almost entirely absent of Amarillo (the expired hops in question), and there was very little hoppy bitterness.