Two professional hop growers give their gardening tips for growing backyard hops.
There are new hop varieties, more properly known as hop cultivars, seemingly coming out each year. While these new cultivars are different from a genetic standpoint, many are similar to hops already grown. There are many reasons for hop growers to produce a new cultivar. The primary one is to keep trying to find the perfect hop.
At your local homebrew supply store, the grains are probably stored in bins or barrels at room temperature. In contrast, the hops are — or should be — refrigerated. The hops are stored cold for a reason — because fresher hops taste better.
How can one little cone bring so much happiness? Professional brewers give their thoughts on hops and hoppy beers in our brewers' roundtable. Pull up a seat and join the discussion.
Your brewing calculator says your beer will be 45.27 IBUs....but will it? How will you know? What you need to know to make sense of bitterness calculations and hit your target bitterness consistently.
Want more hop aroma in your beer? Then try dry hopping and transport yourself to hop heaven.
Uncle Sam wants you....to brew with Cascades, Centennial, Columbus, Crystal (and perhaps some other American hops that don't begin with the letter "C").
Cascade works well with a West Coast Pale Ale. Fuggle should finish an English bitter. Galena or Cluster go great with porter. Here's a straightforward guide to picking the right hops for your favorite style of beer, plus a handy chart that gives homebrewers the straight dope on 63 hop varieties.
Now is the time to start planning your backyard hopyard. So hop to it!
Bored with the same routine? Put a little hop into your mash.
First wort hopping: Add bittering hops to the brew kettle before the boil begins.