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Thiol Precursors - Creating fruity hop flavors without hops!
By Nick McLawhorn

By Nick Mclawhorn, Nordeast Brewers Alliance Big fruit flavors from hops are extremely popular - but what if you could intensify that fruit forwardness without large doses of hops with vegetal matter, bitterness, or adding extra gravity points from fruit?   One way to approach...

Tips and Techniques to Take Your Brewing to the Next Level
By Onur Çaka

By Onur Çaka Homebrewing is an art, and like any art, it can always be refined. Trends are shaping the industry. The industry is shaping the way you brew, your garage or basement art gallery follows through.   Let's also be honest, aren't we all in pursuit...

How Many Hops Are Too Many?
By Thom Cannell

By Thom Cannell When is too much, too many, or not enough? When it comes to hops, the number of varieties and quantity, this question absolutely applies. For several years many, if not most homebrew recipes have called for an amazing variety of hops, with many IPA recipes calling for four,...

Making Hop Water at Home!
By Vito Delucchi

By Vito Delucchi Are you looking for a hoppy non alcoholic beverage to have on tap? Hop Water is the perfect drink to hold down a tap handle and give you an N/A alternative to beer. In the past, I've always enjoyed having some “carbonated water” to fill this void....

Hop Selection
By Vito Delucchi

By Vito Delucchi Prologue: It’s without a doubt that hops are most brewers “favorite child” so to speak when it comes to ingredients. Hops used in both the kettle and cold side bring so much flavor, aroma & overall character to any style of beer....

Hop Creep
By Tim Murray

  Let’s Get Creepy! A homebrewer’s guide to understanding and managing hop creep By Tim Murray   This beer has diacetyl.  These four words, to any homebrewer, are a dagger.  They conjure up insecurities and feelings of failure. Imagine...

The Largest List of Brewing Hops
By MoreBeer!

Brewing Hops For Beer MoreBeer! has compiled one of the largest known lists of brewing hops online, with over 170 varietal hop descriptions.   Check out our selection of pellet and whole cone hops, hop concetrates, and hop rhizomes!   Admiral Hops This...

Dry Hopping
By Tim Murray

Creating Hop Aroma In Your Beer By Tim Murray Quicklinks: 8 Dry Hopping Tips To say brewers love hops might be an understatement.  Hops have been used in nearly every part of the brewing process because they give you (the brewer) the means to be creative. Want more...

Factors Affecting Hop Production, Hop Quality, and Brewer Preference
By Alfred Haunold and Gail B Nickerson (Brewing Techniques)

By Alfred Haunold and Gail B. Nickerson (Brewing Techniques)     Declining yields of traditional noble aroma hops and the demands of modern production methods are leading hop producers to seek new varieties that retain the qualities of these popular hops while...

The Role of Genealogy in Hop Substitutions
By Don Van Valkenburg

A Question of Pedigree When your favorite hop is nowhere to be found, check out other members of the family to find a suitable alternative. Ever feel slightly overwhelmed when searching for the right hop for your next brew? To home brewers, reading the labels in the hop section of the...

The Pursuit Of Hoppiness Part II
By Don Put

The Pursuit of Hoppiness— Part II: The Care and Feeding of Hops in the Brewhouse Originially Published By Don Put (Brewing Techniques, Volume 4, Number 3) The practical application of hops in home brewing requires a basic understanding of how they add bitterness, flavor, and...

The Pursuit Of Hoppiness Part I
By Don Put

The Pursuit of Hoppiness— Part I: From Farm to Market to Brewery, Hops Lead a Fascinating, Delicate Life Originially Published By Don Put (Brewing Techniques, Volume 4, Number 2) As an ingredient that plays such a major role in the taste and character of your beer, hops...

Grow Hops in Your Backyard
By Stephanie Montell (Brewing Techniques)

By Stephanie Montell   From Planting to Harvest and the Hazards in Between   Growing hops at home is easy if you know the tricks of the trade. But you better hurry - as spring turns to summer the prime time for establishing new starts is quickly passing....

Hop Oils - Flavors & Aromas
By Glenn Tinseth (Brewing Techniques)

By Glenn Tinseth (Brewing Techniques)     The Essential Oil of Hops: Aroma and Flavor in Hops and Beer   The quest for elusive hop character in beer has led researchers and brewers to break fertile ground in the discovery and control of the...

Hop Storage
By Mark Garetz (Brewing Techniques)

By Mark Garetz (Brewing Techniques)     How to Get — and Keep — Your Hops’ Optimum Value   Most brewers are familiar with the fragile nature of hops — they loose their bittering qualities over time, and their essential oils...

How to Master Hop Character
By Jim Busch (Brewing Techniques)

By Jim Busch (Brewing Techniques)     Exploring Hop Flavors and Aromas for More Targeted Recipe Formulation   Each hop variety has its own trademark flavor and aroma. A simple set of experiments can open the door to personal mastery of each...

Mastering Hop Character
By Jim Busch (Brewing Techniques)

by Jim Busch (Brewing Techniques)     Exploring Hop Flavors and Aromas for More Targeted Recipe Formulation   Each hop variety has its own trademark flavor and aroma. A simple set of experiments can open the door to personal mastery of each...

Growing Your Own Hops
By MoreBeer! Team

    MoreBeer!'s Primer on Growing Hops that we send out with every rhizome. Also consider reading the Growing Hops article that appeared in a past issue of Brewing Techniques Magazine.      Wondering how to grow your own hops? ...

Hop Utilization
By Dave Miller (in Brewing Techniques)

By Dave Miller (Brewing Techniques)     Question: Hops and IBUs: In figuring your IBUs, does batch size make a difference (say 10-gaI versus 10-bbl)? The formula I use is from the Zymurgy hops special issue: IBU = (%U x %A x Wgr) / VL x (1 GA) x 1000 where U...

Why not dry hop at pitching time?
By Al Korzonas (in Brewing Techniques)

  Three reasons. First, if you use the blowoff method, either the hops will clog the blowoff tube or the kraeusen will pump hops out of the fermentor and into the blowoff vessel, which will give your blowoff a nice hop nose but which won’t do your beer any good. Second,...

New Zealand Hops - The Fruits of a Pure Ecology
By Ben Jankowski (Brewing Techniques)

New Zealand Hops - The Fruits of a Pure Ecology by Ben Jankowski (Brewing Techniques - Vol. 6, No.3) Sheltered from the diseases common to Northern Hemisphere hopyards, the fields of New Zealand support a carefully nurtured family of hops raised on a “clean,...

An Investigation into the Purity of Noble Hop Lineage
By Andrew Walsh (Brewing Techniques)

The Mark of Nobility An Investigation into the Purity of Noble Hop Lineage by Andrew Walsh (Brewing Techniques - Vol. 6, No.2) Precise methods of hop analysis have made it possible for experts to take a fresh, hard look at the lineage of today’s noble varieties. Their...

Hoppy and Maturation Flavors in a Nutshell
By Scott Bickhamb (Brewing Technique)

By Scott Bickhamb (Brewing Techniques)     The resinous, nutty, green, and grassy flavors in Class 2 of the Beer Flavor Wheel typically arise either from hop products or from the precursors of staling compounds. The flavors are positively regarded in many styles....