Strategies to brew recipes using different hops.
Written by Chris Colby
Issue: March-April 2008
Large dry-hop additions that have become more prevalent over the past decade have caused surprises among commercial brewers and homebrewers alike. The phenomenon leading to a lower final gravity, increased ethanol, and increased carbonation is called hop creep and is due to diastase activity of hops. Learn more about hop creep and how to prepare for it.
Dip hopping — letting hops soak at about 170 °F (77 °C) for an hour — has been shown to boost pleasant hop aromas while suppressing or removing unpleasant off-flavors, like myrcene, and aromas that are derived from fermentation.