Finding the right combination of hops that play well together is a fun part of building beer recipes. For inspiration you can contact breweries that make the beers you like and ask them what they’re using (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all). But keep at it — the value of combining and pairing hops is every bit as great as pairing foods with beer, and other beer ingredients with each other. You can even blend the same hop varieties from different growing regions. BYO’s Technical Editor Ashton Lewis shares his thinking of blending different hops for your brewing.
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