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Full lbs of Citra Available Again at Bell’s + Shipping Discount

Hop Union Citra Pellet Homebrew

It’s tough to find Citra available at all let alone in full lbs.  Bell’s Brewery General Store has had sporadic availability of Citra off and on in either pellet or whole cone varieties.

The last time we reported on that was a little over a week ago.  That lasted for a little while until they sold out once again.

I’ve just received word that they have both pellets and whole lb bags available again.  If you missed out last time, here you go.

When used as an aroma hop Citra displays strong citrus and tropical tones – grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passionfruit and lychee.  General AA% – 11-13.

Hops are stored cold.  This also bundles with Bell’s discount Shipping Promo

Citra® Hops – 1 lb Whole – $23.65

Citra® Hops – 1 lb Pellets – $23.20

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RiteBrew – Getting Fresh Yeast and Ingredients & Discounted Shipping

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I just placed an order at RiteBrew for a few odds and ends I need to gear up for brewing season.  I got some keg QDs, Some Omega Yeast Vermont Double IPA, an 8 lb tub of PBW, some Star San and a couple of RiteBrew’s Kits that I want to try – Pliny Double IPA and Centennial IPA.

RiteBrew does a few things that really impress me with regards to freshness.  I’ve talked about some of those before… 1. Fresh Wyeast Pre-Orders, 2. They have a tendency clearance yeast that is close to it’s expiration date in their Bargain Bin and 3. “Packed On” dates for their recipe kits.

I noticed a new one when checking out this afternoon… During checkout you’re given the opportunity to have the order held over a weekend of holiday.  That’s brilliant and addresses a big problem.  When orders are packed right before a weekend or holiday, shipping time is extended.  This option helps you avoid yeast sitting in a hot (or cold) delivery truck during transit longer than necessary.

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Discount shipping.  RiteBrew discounts shipping charges by $5 when you place an order of $75 or more.  That applies automatically at checkout.

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Pinned: Niko Hops Sale · Citra · Kegging System · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

Also from RiteBrewRecipe Kits from… $14.29 · Omega Yeast – Vermont DIPA – Conan, Heady Topper & More · Universal Poppets… $2.39 · Vanilla Beans · Great Prices on CO2 Manifolds · 8 LBs of PBW – $5.30/lb · Great Prices on Bags of Malt · Fresh Wyeast Pre-Order · Bargain Bin

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Nikobrew Hops Sale! – from $7.50/lb

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Nikobrew has put a number of hop lbs on sale including Bravo, Calypso, Chinook, CTZ, Hallertau, Polish Lubliner, Meridian, Mount Hood, German Opal, Palisade, Summit and Ultra.

Prices start at $7.50 per lb and bundles with $5 Flat Rate Shipping

Hops are flushed with nitrogen and stored at a frosty 5 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure their stability and freshness.

Check out Niko’s Full Hop Selection – Look for the graphic above for sale hops.  There are currently 3 pages of hops, so you need to scroll through to see the entire selection.

Nikobrew offers $5 Flat Rate Shipping on any domestic order.  International shipping is also available.

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Pinned: Niko Hops Sale · Citra · Kegging System · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

Recent Great Deals:

Rival Vacuum Sealer – Preserving Hops and Other Ingredients… $29.88!

Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer

Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer from Seal-a-Meal.  Press/Hold Release System.  Removable drip tray.  Fits 8-inch, 11-inch, quart and gallon heat-seal bags and rolls.  Compact design.  Seal indicator light.

Why would you want a Vacuum Sealer for homebrewing?  Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

8/27/15 8:11 AM Central: We featured this back in mid August at $39.99.  It’s dropped another $10.11 to $29.88.  That’s just 4 cents off the best historical Amazon price I found.  This is a great deal.  Shipping is also free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer

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HBC 438 Experimental – Now Available to Home Brewers

HBC 438 Experimental 1oz Hop Pellets

Select Botanicals Group has released HBC 438 Experimental Hops (while supplies last) exclusively to home brewers.  This variety is currently in the elite stages of hop development and is currently performing on 1 acre trials.

All proceeds for the sale of HBC 438 benefit the Ales for ALS program working toward a cure for ALS.

Why release HBC438 to ONLY homebrewers first?  Hop breeding, from initial cross to commercialization, is an 11 year (or more) process. After 8-10 years of evaluation by breeders and growers alike, commercialization is considered. Although the variety is in elite breeding at this point, there is still a lot of work to do, including continued agronomic success, grower acceptance and brewer acceptance. Typically, brewer acceptance is gained via small scale volumes and experimental brews on pilot systems. Occasionally, the breeders themselves homebrew for small samples and quick results. After following this pattern for several recent varieties, the idea was sparked, “Why not utilize the entire home brew market as the testing mechanism?”

Brewing Characteristics for HBC438:

  • Alpha: 14-18%
  • Beta: 6-7%
  • Co-humulone: 20-25%
  • Total oil: 2.5-3.5 mL/100g
  • Aroma characteristics of stone fruit, tropical fruit, orange, mint and herbal

Label Peelers has HBC 438 available at $2.99/ou

HBC 438 Experimental 1oz Hop Pellets – $2.99

Looking to stock up on hops?  Check out our 5 Most Recent Hop Finds

Pinned: Niko Hops Sale · Citra · Kegging System · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

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The Great Grain Sale is Live

homebrew grain saleGreat Fermentations annual Great Grain Sale is live.  The sale discounts nearly 60 different varieties of grain including base malt and specialty malt when you buy 5 lbs or more.

Varieties from Weyermann, Patagonia, Gambrinus, Simpsons, Briess, Rahr, Muntons, Avangard and more are available.

Check out the Full Selection and Sale Details

Pinned: Niko Hops Sale · Citra · Kegging System · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

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3.3 lb Muntons LME – Wheat, Light, Maris Otter & More – from $8

Muntons LME Homebrew

Bell’s Brewery Brewery General Store has 3.3 lb cans of Munton’s Liquid Malt Extract on sale starting at just $8.  Varieties include – wheat, light, dark, amber, extra light and Maris Otter

Check it out – Here

More from Bell’s: Sale Items · Hops – Great Prices and SelectionBell's Homebrew Supplies

Pinned: Niko Hops Sale · Citra · Kegging System · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

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