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

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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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Old Hops; Buy fresh or use leftovers?

I Have some old hops I was thinking about using in a recipe. The hops were stored in the attic/in my car/under my bed. They are a couple of years old (2 I think?) but smell alright. Do you think it's ...
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Is there such a thing as hop terroir?

I was going to try a hop tasting in an attempt to get a handle on the main varieties of hops. I already have some US Fuggles left over from the ESB that is currently fermenting. I note the same ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is using a large amount of low alpha hops for bittering a bad idea?

I'm going to brew a Kölsch soon with about 25 IBUs. I was planning on using Hallertau Hersbrucker for bittering. However, after I bought the hops I noticed they only have 2.3% alpha acid content. ...
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How to determine gender of a young hop plant?

I'm looking for some info on this for reasons of domestication of wild hops that grow around. I need to sort out male plants from the batches I pick up in the wild -- currently I'm just waiting until ...
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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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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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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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Help with Hop Analysis

I'll try this again. If you grow your own hops, would you pay to have them analyzed? If you have had your hops analyzed, did the analysis help you in subsequent brewing? Was it worth the cost (e.g. ...
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Columbus and Centennial hops

How do Columbus and Centential hops differ? I have used them both in the past and usually in combination. But I may purchase one over the other in bulk soon. Which one of these comes out less harsh ...
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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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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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Hop Analysis for Home Brewers - Interest Poll [closed]

My future stepson is growing hops this coming season here in WA state. I'm a chemist and am thinking of doing the hop analysis for him. I'd like to poll you all and see if there is much interest in ...
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Clipping a rhizome

I have a hop few plants that will be a year old next month. How can I tell if it's ok to clip a rhizome to give to my buddy?
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Where can I find some Nelson Sauvin hops?

I've been hearing about Nelson Sauvin hops for awhile now, and have read in other forums about people procuring some and using them... but I haven't been able to find them anywhere. All my usual ...
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Re-using aroma hops (whole)

OK I may be called crazy, and it won't be the first time but hear me out please. I am wondering if anyone has tried what I am about to suggest and if so what were the results? Could one reduce the ...
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Question about Alt/ Kolsch hopping and yeast

I really enjoy German Alts as a favorite purchase brew, and as I live in Florida with the lowest ambient temp 72 deg F under Air cond., I can't possibly lager without inconvenence. I have a question ...
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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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Do I need additional equipment for kits with hops?

I am looking for a kit for my second brew. My first was simply a can, some added DME and the yeast that came with the can, and it turned out pretty well. My one complaint was that it wasn't quite ...
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dry hopping with pellet hops

I am working from an ESB recipe that says to put 1 oz of whole leaf tettnanger hops in to dry hop during the secondary fermentation. I accidentally got pellet hops instead. Can I get away with dry ...
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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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Keeping the grain … While boiling. Is that bad?

I was wondering something. When I brew beer, I mash my grain for an hour or so at 60-70oC. I then separate the wort from the grain. Then I add hop into the boiling wort for 90 minutes. My friend told ...
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Online hops reference

Is there any online place to get as much information as possible about hops. For example alpha and beta acids, cohumulone content, aroma progile and any other possibly useful information? I did my ...
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My ferment has small black specs in it, is this an infection?

This seems to be very similar to this question about hop seeds but I have not used fresh hops, I used pellet centennial hops purchased vacuum packed and frozen from homebrew shop. Ingredients (1 ...
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Mojito beer help

I am trying to make a beer that taste kind of like a mojito to try. I am thinking of doing 4lbs 2row and 4lb wheat with a lb of molasses to get around 5% abv. I am just wondering what hops to use and ...
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Should dry hopped beer be lightly stirred prior to bottling?

I'm making an IPA and I'm going to be dry hopping it this weekend in the secondary fermentation phase. I've been thinking about the dry hopping process alot, mainly about the diffusion of the ...
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Scaling recipe ingredients to smaller batches? How do AAUs scale?

I plan on brewing 1 gallon batches. The problem is that most recipes are for 5 gallon batches. The scaling seems obvious: divide the amount of each ingredient by 5. With this in mind, a few ...
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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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Leaving hops out freezer for an hour

I have doubt with a friend. Right now, when we brew we get the hops from the freezer, weight and add to the boiling wort at the same moment that they are needed. I was thinking if it's OK to weight ...
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Do both male and female hops need to be grown side by side?

I am interested in growing my own hops for decoration and brewing - mostly brewing ;-). Do I need to purchase both male and female plants to get flowers? My spouse who is a gardener pointed out this ...
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Layering different varieties of hops at single intervals

Brewed a IPA yesterday: 75% 2 row 5% crystal 20 5% crystal 40 10% melanoidin 5% table sugar I was using Jamil's (Vinnie Cilurzo's? Tasty McD's?) IPA as a baseline recipe, which calls for ...
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Good Way to Stuff Dry Hops into Dry Hop Bag

I'm new to brewing and I recently transferred some brew from secondary that had dry hopping into a corney keg. I think everything went fine, but I really had a hard time stuffing the dry hops into ...
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Spalter Select Replacement

Im going to try and brew a weissbier but my local store does not have the hops suggested to me in most recipes. What are good replacement hops for Spalter Select when brewing weissbier? Thanks for ...
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On using a stainless steel tea bag to hold the hops while boiling

We are going to brew a Maibock next weekend and would like to substitute the whirlpool with a a metallic tea bag that holds the hops (pellets) while boiling. We tried a smaller metallic tea bag with ...
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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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How do I take hop plants with me when I move?

So I planted my hops three years ago and they've done well. I'm planning to move next year (within the same hardiness zone) and I want to take my hops with me. I'm sure whomever buys my house won't ...
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Hop boiling - Ok to use sub section of wort?

When doing the post mash hop boil during a brew, is it possible to do this with a 5L sub-sample of the wort, instead of the full 23L of wort? In practise it would mean taking 5L from the post mash ...