Topic: Hops

Dry Hopping Techniques

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To obtain a big, fresh hop aroma, brewers turn to dry hopping — adding hops in the fermenter.


Freezing hops to kill microbes

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The Wizard dismisses the dangers of dry hopping.


Soaking Whole Hops

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The Wiz lets loose with his opinion on wort loss.

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Hop Torpedoes Away

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The brewers at Sierra Nevada have come up with a new device to improve the extraction of hop oils during dry hopping. Meet their torpedo — and the beer that carries its name.

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Growing Hops in Containers

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Wish you could grow hops, but don’t have a suitable in-ground location? With a little knowledge of container gardening, you can grow hops virtually anywhere — including your deck, patio or driveway. Growing plants in containers presents some added challenges, but the basic principles of container gardening are straightforward.


High Rise Rhizome

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Just because you work in a cubicle doesn’t mean you can’t grow some high-rise hops.

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Hop Polyphenols

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What are hop polyphenols, and how do they affect bitterness in dry hopped beers?

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Choosing Hop Varieties

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There are many ingredients that brewers use to flavor and season their beer, from orange peel and coriander to black pepper and grains of paradise. But the gold standard remains the humble hop. Hops have long served many purposes in beer. They provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt, and add myriad flavors and aromas. When choosing which hop or combination of hops to include in a particular beer there are several questions that come to mind. What type and degree of bitterness, flavor and aroma is desired in the beer to be brewed? How are the bitterness, flavor and aroma derived from hops? What style of beer is being brewed, or am I leaving style guidelines behind to create something of my own?

 

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Low-Hop Homebrew Recipes 

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The hops crisis has reduced the amount of hops available to homebrewers, but hasn’t diminished our desire to brew. For the temporarily hop hampered, we present 10 low-hop homebrew recipes. These beers are low on hops, but big on flavor. Plus: tips for getting the most from your hops.

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Build a Hop Drying Oast

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Sure, you could dry your homegrown hops on an old screen, but wouldn’t you rather build your own oast?

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Processing Homegrown Hops

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There’s more to growing your own hops than picking the cones from the bines. Get some advice for harvesting, drying and storing your homegrown harvest.

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Evaluating Hops: Tips from the Pros

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Larry Sidor (Deschutes), Mitch Steele (Stone) and Dr. Val Peacock (Anheuser-Busch) all agree that the best way to evaluate hops isn’t scientific — the nose knows.

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