Hops contain hundreds of components including alpha and beta acids, hydrocarbons, thiols, tannins, enzymes, terpenes, and glycosides. The exact compounds and amounts differ depending on variety and growing conditions. Even with ideal storage (cold and low-oxygen), the ratios shift over time. Some processors isolate and concentrate specific hop compounds so that each can be added to either enhance or minimize a desired attribute. These hop extracts roughly fall into two categories, those primarily intended to add bitterness and those where aromatics are the goal. Learn more about the world of hop extracts from Brew Your Own’s Technical Editor Ashton Lewis.
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Brew Your Own Magazine’s Technical Editor Ashton Lewis shows you how to properly evaluate hops before you ever add them to your brew.
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