Female flower cones from the Humulus Lupulus plant. Used for their flavor, aroma, and bittering qualities. Hops also contribute a preservative/anti-microbial properties to beer.

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Where to get fresh hops?

Fresh hopped beers are excellent tasting and have a very excellent hop flavor. Is it possible to get your hands on fresh hops short of growing them (note I don't have any growing space). I live in ...
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What amount of taste customization can I do with pre-prepared wort (from a kit)?

I really enjoy bitter beers, and would really like to add hops to my next brew. However, I've only done one homebrew so far and it was using a pre-made kit (I used the Edme Bitter wort and malt ...
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Using unknown loose hops

My parents spent some time in Germany recently and brought me back a bag of loose leaf hops as a gift / memento. Here's the package. All I know is what's on it: According to Google Translate, the ...
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Strange black pods in wort - hop seeds?

We just brewed an all grain batch yesterday. There was an ounce each of two types of whole leaf hops (from Freshhops) in the boil. After cooling the wort, we strained it through a fine mesh strainer ...
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Stainless Steel Scrubber in Boil Screen to strain hops?

So I have a 6" boil screen in my kettle attached to my ball valve. Now this doesn't strain that much hops out because of the larger holes in the screen so when I transfer it to my carboy I run it ...
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Are German Merkur or Herkules hops noble enough to sub in a Pilsener?

On an impulse last week I picked up some German Merkur and Herkules hops from the LHBS to use as flavoring and aroma hops in a pilsner, because I thought they might be an interesting twist. But now ...
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Increased Magnum hops in a Fat Tire Clone

So I brewed the book "Beer Captured"'s Fat Tire Clone the other day. I made a few slight variations. One being I used Wyeast 1056 instead of a Belgian Yeast because I figured since it's not a Belgian ...
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Leaf Hops in Primary

I used leaf hops in my boil and did not filter them out when I transferred to primary. I thought it'd be like pellet hops, which settle down into the yeast cake. This is not the case, though. They ...
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All-late addition hop APA

Has anyone tried this or anything like it from HBC? http://www.homebrewchef.com/AmarilloPale.html The claim is that since the AA's are so high, adding late will balance the beer and impart an ...
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“Self-Processing” Hops

I believe that hop pellets and plugs are essentially just hops that are grinded and pressure molded. Given the amount of nuisance that whole hops have given me (clogged siphon hoses, yeast ...
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What variety of hops grows well in the south eastern US?

I have plenty of land that is suitable for growing hops; protected from wind, well drained, and receives lots of full sun. I'm not sure what variety would do well in western North Carolina and is ...
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How do you make your own recipe?

I guess most people brew from kits, or from the many available recipes on the net. But for those few recipe formulators, how do you go about building a recipe? And, given the inexactness of brewing, ...
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How much hops to use when reducing a batch size?

I want to brew a 2.5 gallon batch of beer based on a West Coast IPA recipe for a standard 5 gallon batch. Is there a calculation for scaling back the amount of hops used for bittering, aroma and ...
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Two part question on my first brew batch

Thank you all in advance. Finished my first brew from an extract kit, a Amber Ale. I added vanilla bean in secondary (4 whole beans) but followed the recipe to the tee. Beer finished and carbonated ...
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When modifying a recipe, should you scale hops based on alpha acids?

I am planning on brewing several versions of an IPA where I keep the grain bill the same, and just change out the hops. I will use a single hop for each batch. The idea is to learn the aroma and ...
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Styles other than steam suited for use of Northern Brewer hops

So I have a one pound bag of northern brewer hops (along with about a half pound left of amarillos). Any suggestions for a recipe or style? I'm typically pretty boring, love to brew APA's, IPA's ...
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Rager Hop Formula Clarification

I'm coding up some personal brewing software, and I'm confused by the explanation of the [Rager Formula][1] [1]: http://www.realbeer.com/hops/FAQ.htm l What is meant by the term "boil gravity", Is ...
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How do I account for Late Hop/Whirlpool IBUs?

The equations I've looked at so far don't really account for massive late hopping and whirlpool additions. I really like the flavor and aroma I get from late hopping, but It's been very hard to brew a ...
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Old homegrown hops

I have been growing and using my own hops for a couple of years now. after harvesting this year I left them out to dry, they have been drying now for a little to long (about two months) they are all ...
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How do I determine the freshness of malt & hops?

In a lot of recipes I have read, there is an emphasis on the freshness of the malt and hops. If I am buying online or in my homebrew store, how do I determine the freshness of what I am buying? Are ...
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Will Dry Hopping Add Bitterness?

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that dry hopping is for aroma only, and effects on flavor are assumed to be a matter of perception. (i.e. smell affects taste) However, while attempting to "fix" a ...
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What accounts for the cheesy/sweaty flavor of hops and are there ways to minimize it?

A friend of mine likes bitter beers but shies away from strongly hopped beers because he's very sensitive to the cheesy or sweaty flavor that hops can give. I've noticed this flavor in a few ...
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Finding good hop stockists

Im having a lot of trouble buying the hops I want (specifically Horizon) How do you find good hop stockists? Im from the uk.
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Picking hops very late

I had a bunch of hops growing about 3 hours away from me (at parent's house, which has much more land). I went up one weekend, and they looked almost ready, then I went up a month later and they were ...
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Bittering hop contribution to flavor

How much do bittering hops contribute to flavor? Does a hop addition at the beginning of a 60m boil result in the destruction of most that hop's flavor compounds?
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HopRocket (hopback) questions: “captive” wort and effect at beginning vs. end of run

Brewed a double IPA last Sunday and used a HopRocket as a hopback for the first time (standard setup: kettle -> HopRocket -> counterflow chiller -> fermenter using gravity feed.) Overall very pleased ...
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Are my aged hops ready?

I've got about 3oz of cascade hops that spent 2 years in the freezer before I decided around January 2011 to take them out, put them in a paper bag, and let them sit at room temperature to age so I ...
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Where did the hops go?

A few weeks ago, I pulled some of an IPA I was making and force carbonated it so my friend and I could try some. While it was not the bitterest I have tasted, it was definitely an IPA. I bottled the ...
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What are the effects of storing hops in the freezer?

Two months ago I brewed an ale with three hops - cascade, northern brewer and saaz. I immediately put them in the freezer, but want to know how to best use them (if there has been any degredation). ...
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Splitting whole hops in half

When using whole, wet hops (or maybe even dried for that matter), is there any disadvantage to splitting the cones in half? Is there any data available to support splitting them in the first place, ...
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What can be used to keep aphids off of hops without ruining the taste of beer?

I planted my first rhizome this year to try my hand at hop growing. To my surprise the plant flourished and was ready to yield at least a half pound of hops. To my great sadness I awoke this morning ...
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Hop burst technique & bitterness calculation

A friend asked me the other day what the "hop burst" technique was and how to calculate the amount of hops required in a recipe. I made some vague statements about late addition of hops and left it at ...
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How to dry harvested fresh hops?

This question is a direct consequence of the When to harvest wild hops? one. I have heard about various techniques to do it: sun-drying, warm rooms plus paper bags to capture their humidity, ovens ...
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Does beer contain cannabinols?

Fellow brewmasters! I have a curious question for you. A friend of mine tried to convince me that the beer high is not entirely caused by alcohol. In particular, his theory is that since hops and ...
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What are the hops varieties Sticklebract & Galena?

A homebrew shop has just opened up near me (hooray!). Browsing their wares I saw two hops varieties unknown to me: Sticklebract (I think this is the correct name) and Galena. They seem to have been ...
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When to harvest wild hops?

Hi there fellow brewmasters! I have recently moved to all-grain brewing after two years of brewing with hopped extracts. The results are pretty good, and the whole process is a lot of fun, but I am ...
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Has anyone brewed hop-free beer?

I just tried a beer called Reverend James and it tasted really weird. Full-bodied and slightly spicy but I could detect absolutely no hop characteristics in it at all. Now, it could be that my ...
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I forgot to add my extract until the end!

So, I was brewing distracted, which I will never do again, did everything right...except I didn't remember to add the big jug of liquid malt extract to the wort, or hopped water in my case! You would ...
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How can I compare hop flavours quickly?

I want to try and acquaint myself with different hop flavours and brewing a few batches of beer can be quite time consuming (and wasteful if the results are no good). How can I quickly (in say, a ...
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Performing a hop boil seperate from the wort boil.

I'm curious to try some single-hop style beers and would like to do several varieties in one brew day. My ideal situation would be to make a five gallon batch of an unhopped pale ale as the base and ...
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Amounts of various oils in hops.

I have a beautiful chart that shows the level of various hop oils in different hops, as well as their typical alpha acid percentages. Where can I find the raw data that would go into a chart like ...
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When using whole hops, do you need a larger amount than you would hop pellets to achieve the same bitterness?

I have read that whole hops impart less bitterness than pellet hops by weight. I have used pellet hops for all of my brews thus far. I have a recipe that I am happy with, and I want to switch to ...
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Why would someone use Cascade for bittering over Amarillo?

Apparently, Cascade is commonly used for bittering, and I'm not sure I understand why someone would choose that over the very similar Amarillo, which I think is less common for bittering. Cascade has ...
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Ever made a “hop tea” to balance an overly malty beer?

I brewed a golden ale that was severely under hopped. I called my LBHS and the told me to make a hop tea to add to the keg: 1 gallon of water 1 tbsp malt extract 2 oz fresh hops boil for 60 minutes ...
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Is beer bad for dogs?

My dog, Lilly Von Shtupp, loves to drink beer. I only give her an ounce or so once in a blue moon, but I stopped recently because I heard that dogs are sensitive/allergic to hops. Can anyone either ...
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Does keeping a beer cold significantly preserve fresh hop aroma?

I'm double dry hopping my Rye India Pale Ale, doing half with simply double the dry hops, and half one addition, remove, adding the other half to see if anyone within drinking distance can distinguish ...
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Hops in the compost?

Are there any gardeners out there who use their spent hops in their compost? I know hops are antibacterial, which goes against the goal of getting a good population of composting bacteria, but I don't ...
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What is the purpose of dry hopping in intervals (multiple additions)?

What would be the purpose in adding dry hops, then removing them prior to adding a second, even third addition, rather than simply putting all the dry hops in at the same time? If the answer has to ...
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dry-hopping what hops to use?

I am currently brewing a english pale ale and about to transfer from primary to secondary fermentor. I want to dry hop but dont know what people think would be the best hops to use. Any ideas or ...
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What's a balanced bittering hop for both English and American ales?

There's tons of hops out there, but I don't have the time or space to try them all, and I like to bounce between English and American ales. What's a good, balanced bittering hop that will let me keep ...