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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What are alpha acids?

Can someone explain what exactly an alpha acid is and why should I care about the alpha acid "rating" on the hops I use.
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Hopping In Secondary

I'm brewing an IPA that calls for the addition of hops when I rack to secondary. I have pelletized hops still sealed in their plastic packaging and I'm wondering if they can be added to the secondary ...
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Is a long boil with extract necessary?

I'm making a late hopped extract beer later tonight. (Jamil's Evil Twin as posted http://www.mrmalty.com/late_hopping.htm) He suggests at 90 minute boil with the first hop addition coming 20 minutes ...
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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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Hop extracts…

Do you use them? How do you use them? How can I get some?
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What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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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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What is the best way to store hops?

I recently got a really good deal on some bulk pellet hops (several pounds). What is the best way to store them? I've heard that they should be vacuum sealed and put in the freezer. Will they be OK ...
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How would one go about growing their own hops?

Ignoring the downsides (Hops: buy vs. grow), how would one grow hops in their backyard? I know that it grows 30 feet tall and that you cut it to the ground in the winter, but how do you get started ...
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What does “row” mean in two-row hops/malt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between 2-row and 6-row malt? And why should I care?
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Why is my IPA not hoppy enough?

I am about to start my second attempt at making an IPA. My first did not turn out anything like an IPA. It was much darker than I expected (I may have burnt it a little) and did not really have the ...
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What is a good alternative to Magnum hops in a barleywine?

I'm thinking about brewing a barleywine. A recipe that looks interesting to me uses Magnum and Horizon hops, but I don't have access to either at my (small) local brewing store. What are some good ...
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What are some alternatives to hops?

I have a friend that is allergic to hops and can not drink our beer (or just about any others for that matter). What alternatives do I have if I want to make a beer for him? What could I substitute ...
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IPA recipe left very sweet, little bitterness or aroma

Very new brewer here, and I recently tried a generic IPA recipe doled out by my LHBS, and it ended up very sweet with little bitterness or hop aroma. The recipe is here: ...
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How can I maximize dry hops aroma?

I recently made an IPA. I put an ounce of Cascade pellets in the secondary (for a 23-litre [6-U.S.-gallon] batch), but there is hardly any hops aroma in the finished product. By the end of the two ...
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Hops: Buy vs. Grow

Is it worth it to grow my own hops or should I just buy them somewhere?
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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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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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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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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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should hoppy beers be aged?

Do hoppy beers not need to be aged? About how long does it take a hoppy beer to get to its maturation point? Thanks, Chris
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
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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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Storage of hops pellets

I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on how to store one's hops pellets after having opened the sealed package (... in case one is not using the whole lot at once of course). Also, if you have ...
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What types of hops can be grown in the southeast?

Given the soil and climate of the southeast, specifically Florida, what hops would do I stand to get good results from growing?
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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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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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When should you buy and plant hop rhizomes?

I want to grow a couple of hop bines this year. Most of the online brew supply places say they ship in late March / early April. I have a feeling I'll still have snow on the ground around that time. ...
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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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Pellet Hops spilled out of bag in secondary. Advice?

My hop bag came undone in my secondary while dry-hopping and now I have pellet hops directly in my beer. What is the best way to filter out the hops for bottling?
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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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How do you get the bag of hops into the carboy and then remove it?

I always have a difficult time getting the hops in the carboy and then removing it when dry-hopping. What's the trick?
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Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?

If so, what kind of weight should I use? Should it be enough to sink the bag to the bottom of the carboy?
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Help With Hops…

I generally understand the grain side of things, but I can't get my head around hops. Given the variety and choice, how do you go about selecting what hops to use and how much of each hop...? Are ...
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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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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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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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Sanitation & Dry Hopping

Is there any risk of wort infection by not sanitizing hops before dry hopping?
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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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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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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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Buying bulk hops online

I'm often tempted to buy my commonly used hop pellets online in bulk and storing them in my freezer. A lot of the cheap bulk hops are from the previous year. Assuming they are vacuum packed and ...
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Old grain and hops stored in fridge for 1 year - ok to use?

I have a small amount of hops (1 oz) in a ziplock bag in the fridge, it's been there about a year. I also have about 1/2 lb of unmilled grain in the fridge in a ziplock. Will these ingredients be ok ...