Tagged: hops

Hop Options for the Adventurous Brewer

Whether you love the bitter fruit and flower flavors of the American Cascade hop, the double bitterness punch of Centennial, or the herbal, piney goodness of Northern Brewer, hop-heads around the world have plenty of options when it comes to their favorite flowers. Most novice brewers are familiar with 5 to 10 different hops, but… Read more »

Growing Hops With Limited Space

There are few things in the homebrew world as enjoyable as growing your own hops. Being able to craft a killer pale ale or IPA with hops you grew yourself is not only fun; it’s one of brewing’s most enjoyable bragging points (and let’s be honest, we all like a small brag now and then)…. Read more »

Be a Better Brewer: Get SMaSH’d On Brew Day

There’s an easy and delicious way to improve your beer creation skills. Just get “SMaSH’d” on brew day. Not smashed as in “drink a beer make a beer,” but SMaSH’d as in brewing Single Malt and Single Hop beers. Brewing SMaSH beers dials you directly in to the abundantly flavorful and educational essence of two… Read more »

Study Shows Isomerized Alpha Acids Can Help Increase IQ

By David Doucette The tides have turned on the “healthiness of beer” several times throughout my life, and likely yours too. Thankfully over the past few years newly discovered benefits have been more plentiful than newly discovered negative effects. Even WebMD (where we go to find out if our sniffle is actually an ultra rare… Read more »

The Resurrection Of British Hops

The most fascinating thing about brewing and the reason why we all dedicate our time to this wonderful process is that there are a myriad of different possibilities, combinations, aromas, flavors that can all be produced by personally varying the brewing procedure and ingredients. This means that, whatever the occasion, whatever the weather, whatever the… Read more »

The Illustrated Brewer – Hops

Hops. Those little green flowers that bring so much joy to us, especially to APA and IPA lovers around the world. Lets take an illustrated journey through the world of Hops. Yes, we all know what makes a hop a hop, but what about the history, or how much is grown where? Northwest Hops Production… Read more »

10 Tips To Optimize Dry Hop Aroma

Crave that pungent hop aroma in your IPAs and Pale Ales? Enjoy coating your nostrils with sticky hop goodness? Want to achieve the dry hop character of The Alchemist’s Heady Topper in your own beer? Below are 10 things you can do to enhance the aroma of your hop-forward beers. 1 – Use pellets According… Read more »

Hops, What Are They?

What Are Hops? Hops are the female flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavor. The hop plant is a vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial, usually trained to grow up strings… Read more »

Grow your own Hops – Backyard Hops Trellis Design

So you want to grow your own hops, huh? The long and short of it is that the things grow as fast as bamboo and need constant management from April to September. Still want to grow hops? Awesome, here’s one way to set up a small backyard hops garden that yielded almost a pound of… Read more »