Topic: Hops

Hop Basics

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  Historically speaking, hops are a fairly recent innovation in the brewing world. Although evidence exists of their cultivation as early as 200 AD in Babylon, and 700 AD in Germany, they

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Build a Randall-Style Hop Filter

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Most of the homebrewers I know that own kegerators rarely bottle their homebrew anymore. But some of the most hopped homebrews I’ve tasted lately seem to come in bottle form. As a

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Hop Oils

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I consider my knowledge on this topic typical for the average craft brewer and will answer your question from my perspective and comment on some of the topics brewers and hop researchers


Mash Hopping

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Thanks for the good question, Keith. I have always thought that the notion of adding hops early in the process, either as mash additions or pre-boil additions to the kettle, in an

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Pairing Hops and Fruit: Tips from the Pros

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You should always take into account the intensity of fruit aroma and flavor when deciding how to hop your beer. Brewer: Adam Bailey,  Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, CO Whether you call them

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Advancements in Dry Hopping

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Research has changed the way we dry hop. Dry hopping has been a regular brewing technique for nearly two centuries. As you may know, around 1822 beer was first sent from England

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Evaluating Hop Profiles with SMaSH Brewing

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Over my 11 years of homebrewing, the one aspect of the hobby that has always captivated me is the myriad of ingredient descriptions for the different ingredients of beers. When I first

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Buying and Storing Bulk Hops

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Hops make up a small percentage of a beer recipe, but they have arguably the biggest impact on the flavor and aroma. Even stouts and darker styles, typically seen as malt-centric, require

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Choosing and Using Different Forms of Hops

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Hops have been the herb of choice to preserve and flavor beer for centuries, but only during the last several decades has there been such a wide variety of hop products available

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Grow Your Own Backyard Hops

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Growing your own hops at home can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. I have been growing hops in my backyard for over a decade and have found it to be a

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Hop Combinations

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Paradoxically, recipe construction is at once an element of the brewing process that gets far too much attention — and also not enough. It gets too much attention in that too many

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Brewing Hoppy Fruit Beers

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I arrived home to find a re-taped cardboard box with a Florida return address. I used to occasionally trade beer so I could sample breweries that didn’t distribute to the Mid-Atlantic. I

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