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Hop Creep Explained


John Sullivan — Avon, Indiana asks,

Alright, can somebody please explain this hop creep phenomenon to me? I had a DIPA that I bottled, which ended up way over-carbonated. A friend mentioned it may be due to “hop creep”, but he didn’t know the specifics of it.

Hop creep is a term that has been recently popping up in commercial craft brewing circles to describe increased attenuation following dry-hopping. Reports in brewing literature indicate that a small handful of
Response by Ashton Lewis.