Topic: Hops

Brewing with Fresh (Wet) Hops: Tips from the Pros

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The window to use fresh hops (that have not been dried) is small, but the reward can be great. Here are some tips to help take advantage of what nature gives us.

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How Did Hops End Up in Beer?

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Photo courtesy of Walter Konig There are some 350,000 known plant species on earth, but only one of them, Humulus lupulus, the hop plant, has become the universal flavoring agent for beer.

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Hop Pairing & Substitution

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When the esteemed editorial staff of BYO suggested the topic of pairing hops and hop substitution, I thought it would be an interesting one to write about. Then I sat down to

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Hops Down Under

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Hops have been grown in New Zealand and Australia since the early 19th century. Until the late 1950s, Australian beers mainly used English-bred Whitebine Grape, Kent Goldings and Fuggles from Tasmania, and

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Brewing with Fresh Hops

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When it comes to brewing, which came first — fresh hops or dried? It’s a classic chicken or egg conundrum. But we know this: Somewhere in time, in an unknown location, a

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Hop Stands & Hop Bursting: Tips from Pros

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A hop stand sounds like something you’d do with your car at a stop sign, while hop bursting conjures up images of flowers exploding in defense of being harvested. In actuality, both

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Brewing Hoppy American-Style Beers

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During the past 20 years or so, there has been an obvious upward trend in modern American brewing culture when it comes to the creation and consumption of hoppy beers. Hoppy American-style

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Low-Alpha Acid Double IPA

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You are not alone in your belief that certain hop varieties, especially many high alpha varieties, impart a harsh and unpleasant bitterness to beer. Some very large breweries also share this belief

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Dry Hopping in Dispensing Keg

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Dry hopping is a wonderful way to impart hop aroma to beer and is very simple to do. In my experience there are a few things to be mindful of to prevent


Using Homegrown Hops

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Whole cone hops are generally added to the brew kettle in a compressed form because hops are dried and compressed into large bales after harvest and stored like this until use. Brewers


Hop Quality

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The HopRocketTM is an in-line hopping device intended for use with whole cone hops. These types of brewing tools can be used between the kettle and wort cooler for aroma additions, similar

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Freezing Fresh Hops

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This is a really interesting question about hop storage. Brewers can, at times, be skeptical about observations reported by newer brewers, especially when the observations have to do with changes in flavor.


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