Topic: Hops

Upping IBU’S

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Is good hop utilization getting you down? Take some advice from the Wiz. Plus: Enzymes can be a great tool in brewing – how do you stop them?

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Selecting Hops: Tips from the Pros

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Two pros — Jeremy Marshall (Lagunitas) and Richard Norgrove, Jr. (Bear Republic) — hop to it and give our readers the low down on picking the right lupulin delivery vector.

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Lessons Learned from Commercial Hop Growers

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An interview with a commercial hop farmer and what her advice means to your homebrew. Plus: Tips on brewing with homegrown hops

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Hopping Help for Extract Brewers

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Are you an extract brewer who needs help making hoppier homebrew? Find out what factors influence hop bitterness and what you need to do to reach your target IBUs. Also, identify the beer styles you can successfully brew givenyour homebrew equipment and procedures.

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Balancing Hoppy Beers: Tips from the Pros

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Keep your hops from going over the top with these tips from Ed Kopta and John Maier.

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Growing Your Own Backyard Hops

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One of the easier ways you can put the “home” in homebrewing is to grow your own hops. This widely distributed plant, with the latin name Humulus lupulus, is broadly part of the family of nettles. It is somewhat more closely related to cannabis, although it has few if any of the mind-altering properties and none of the legal consequences of its notorious cousin.

 


Growing Hops: Tips from the Pros

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Two professional hop growers give their gardening tips for growing backyard hops.

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Growing Hops

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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. 

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ID’ing wild hops

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Hop variety identification can be done the old-fashioned way of comparing pictures of hop cones of known varieties to the unknown. Although this method is not perfect, it is widely used as

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A Brewer’s Roundtable — The Pros Talk Shop About Hops

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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.

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Practical Approaches to Controlling Bitterness in Homebrews

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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.

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Hop bags

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My overall philosophy with brewing is extremely simple and goes something like this: “If the method works to produce good tasting beer with the desired aroma, stability, appearance and material yields —

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