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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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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Effect of boil size on IBUs

I have the following recipe on beercalculus: http://hopville.com/recipe/551364/belgian-pale-ale-recipes/wedding-belgian-ipa-2011-03-06-version beercalculus (along with most IBU calculators), ask for ...
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Yeast and Hop Longevity

I picked up the ingredients for an IPA when I was getting the ingredients for a Milk Stout a while ago. The plan was to have everything at the ready so I could make the IPA shortly after the stout. ...
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What is the ideal climate for growing hops?

I would like to start growing my own hops and want to know what the ideal climate is. I've read that hops will grow in most areas of North America, but there must be places where they grow better ...
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How do I propagate my hops?

I have a couple plants going, but I am ready to get more of the same varieties going in the future. How do I go about getting more plants from the same plants I already have? Can I take a cutting? Can ...
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Drying freshly picked hops

My buddy works at a community garden, and they have a fence full of Cascade ready for the picking. He estimates a few pounds of hops are on the fence. What has to happen between him picking them off ...
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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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Hop Utilization Resource

When substituting hops (both varieties and pellet/plug/whole)in a recipe, I would like to keep IBU as close to the recipe target as possible. However, the best utilization chart I can find is in ...
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Is there a distinction between flavoring (e.g. 30m) and aroma (late) hop additions

Boiling hops reduces the beta acids that are associated with aroma/flavor. Is there any other advantage to a 30 minute hop addition or could you just increase your 60 minute hop addition to achieve ...
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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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Estimating Alpha Acids of Home Grown Hops

For the homebrewer that grows and harvests his/her own hops; how best can one approximate the alpha acids in the hops they have? Is it worth it or should brewers stick to using home grown hops for ...
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Increasing IBUs post fermentation

I have recently brewed at APA and the IBUs have come out a little on the low side. I would like to increase the IBUS slightly. I was thinking of making a hop tea and adding it straight to the keg. Has ...
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Can beer done without hops?

Can hops be substituted by an easy available product? I am from India I was not able to find hops in local markets can anybody help me out?
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Has anyone had experience with first wort hopping? Did you find the results worthwhile?

Has anyone seen a marked improvement in hop flavor/quality from first wort hopping (adding hops at sparge) vs. late hopping vs. dry hopping vs. a hopback? Are there specific advantages to doing so? ...
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What are the practical differences between leaf hops and hop pellets?

I'm looking to start purchasing hops in bulk, and there are more options than I thought for getting leaf hops. I've heard (read in this forum) that leaf hops can be better for dry hopping, and also ...
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When to remove hops and other bittering/aroma agents?

On brew day, when is the appropriate time to remove the hops and other bittering/aroma agents from the wort? Is it at flameout, or is it once the wort has been fully cooled and is ready for the ...
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What is a good resource for flavor contributions of different ingredients?

For those of us who are still brewing from kits and recipes and want to branch out and try building our own flavors, what resources are there that describe the various flavors contributed by ...
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First Wort Hopping (or FWH)

What is First Wort Hopping (FWH) and how best can it be replicated in extract brewing?
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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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How to prepare Hop Tea?

How does one make a "Hop Tea" for taste testing? I am trying to get a better understanding of different hop flavor profiles. I have heard of making hop teas to do taste tests but I wonder if it's ...
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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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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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Using hops after fermentation

Let's say you have already put your beer into your fermenter and you decide its taste is not hoppy enough. So you start out to add some more hops into it. One way to dry hop, but I will not expand ...
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What flavors can I expect with a late/whirlpool addition of Columbus hops?

Columbus is such a high-alpha variety that I find I can only use very little of it for bittering. I have a pound of these things and I would eventually like to get through them. Has anyone used ...
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When brewing a gruit, how do alternatives to hops, such as mugwort, affect the bitterness and flavor?

I have read about gruits (beers made with no hops, using other herbs in their stead). Apparently, this was a commonly used technique before hops became so prevalent. Mugwort seems to be one of the ...
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How does gradual hop infusion affect flavor and aroma?

I only make IPA's and have read about some IPA makers introducing hops gradually over the boil vs. adding the the "aroma" dose during the last 5 or 10 minutes of the boil. I understand that hops added ...
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Riwaka Hops: Where to get 'em

Anyone know where to obtain some Riwaka hops in bulk? I'm itching to try them, but internet searches are coming up dry for me.
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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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Growing hops from seeds

Where I live (France) I can't easily find hops rizhomes, but I can find seeds, so my two questions are: Any shop in France/Europ from which I can buy hops rizhomes? If I grow hops from seeds how do ...
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Hop utilization

I've been thinking, especially after brewing my last IPA, about getting the most out of my hops. The higher the SG of your wort, the less you get from your hops, so the more you have to put in. I've ...
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Cold water extraction of hop flavors from fresh hops?

Am hoping to get some fresh hops this year and was thinking about the best way to put them into my wort. Was trying to come up with a way to add them to secondary for dry hopping without causing a ...
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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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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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Whirlpool hop additions

What is the real difference between a whirlpool hop addition and a flameout hop addition? The practice of whirlpooling is more of a pro-equipment setup type of technique, but I have seen and heard ...
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Ways to better utilize hops with a coffeepress?

I am thinking about trying to utilize the hops I use better by combining late addition and early addition via a coffeepress. The basic idea is to make a hops-tea in the coffeepress, let it sit for ...
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What hop should I use to get Fuller's IPA hop taste and aroma?

I'm just a beginner brewer, I have done just 5 batches of all-grain beer, some Hefe-Weizens, APA and an Irish Red Ale. For my next all-grain beer I would like to make an IPA recipe. But the two best ...
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Weed Aroma/Flavor?

I have noticed in some beers, (nugget nectar, dbl. trouble, founders harvest and sublimely self-rightous ale in particular) an aroma/flavor of marijuana. I think Columbus/Tomohawk hops have somthing ...
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Wild hop alpha acid

I am going to harvest some wild hops I found. Is there any way of determining the characteristics like alpha acid? I was thinking of maybe just using them for flavor/aroma/dry, since I have no idea ...
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Hop extract substitution

I have a recipe that calls for 10ml of hop extract at 90 minutes. My local homebrew store does not sell hop extract. Since it is a bittering charge, what is the calculation used to convert 10ml of ...
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Grow my own hops, what kind

I'm thinking about growing my own hops. From what I gather I can just plant the vines in the back yard somewhere and they grow much like grapes. I heard it takes 2-3 years for them to grow in and ...
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Quantifying the level of hoppiness in a beer

Does anyone know of some sort of measurement for the hoppiness of a beer? Late hop additions don't add much to the bitterness (IBUs) but they can add tons of hop flavor. Is there some way to ...
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Hop Gardening Considerations

I have heard that planting hops at home you should plant the rhizome in a mound of sorts. How large around should the mound be? What type of soil amendments are best? How tall should the trelis be ...
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IBU rate of Sierra Nevada's “torpedo”?

I am preparing to start a season of working up a solid, reasonably priced All grain American Ale on the brink of a high gravity beer. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo balances sweet malt nicely against a hop ...
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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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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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Using wormwood as a bittering agent: How much and when?

I have a beer that I going to brew, it is technically a gruit, b/c I am not going to use any hops. The original beer recipe (an American Hefe) calls for only one ounce of 4-6% alpha bittering hops ...
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Hop schedule for Single hop ale brewing

I am planning on brewing up a handful of quasi-pale ales using only a single hop varietal per batch. The goal is to get a feel for the bittering, flavor and aroma of some varieties I want to ...
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Pellets, Plugs and Whole Hops

Hops come in three formats pellets, plugs and whole-leaf. Plugs are whole leaf hops that have been compressed into a little cake usually 0.5 ounces in size. What are the ups and downs of using ...
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What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?

A friend and I recently threw an IPA together with the hops and grains we had on hand. We had 8oz of Cascade whole leaf hops lying around, so to spread the love, we decided to throw a couple ounces ...
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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 ...