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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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Hop alpha acid, iso-alpha acid and resin contributions to the boil, by example

Just read this Beer and Brewing article on iso-alpha acids in hops and am trying to understand something. The 3rd paragraph in that article states: "Iso-alpha acids are formed typically during ...
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What is the "gravity correction factor" for IBU formulation and why do we apply it at 1.050?

The formula I've consistently found for calculating the IBU for a particular hop is: IBU = Weight (ounces) x Alpha Acid % x Utilization % x 7489 --------------------------------------------------...
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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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Why are AAU not specified for dry hopping?

As title really - I just noticed a few different recipes, different sites and authors, that specify AAU for bittering and finishing hops, but dry hops just by mass. Is it because the amount is ...
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Beginner advice on hop weights, scheduling and "alcohol taste"

I haven't brewed in a couple of years and am getting back up to speed. I'm starting off with a small 10L fermentation using extract. Azacca (11.9% AA), citra (12.8% AA) and lemondrop (5% AA) hops + ...
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Hop Rhizomes in South Africa

I want to use home-grown hops in my home-brewed beer. And the best way I can think of doing that is to grow my own hops. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any suppliers of hop rhizomes in ...
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Mackinac hop and usage

What is the best way to utilize the potential of Mackinac hops is a hop-forward beer? Knowing that it is an aroma hop, is it best in late boil addition or whirlpool ? Or do it's qualities come out ...
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How many hop vines to keep per rhizome?

I'm growing my first hops in planters, and each rhizome sends up several vines. (Rather, they will; they're just breaking ground, now.) My question is: do I train & keep all vines? Just the ...
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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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Neem leaf instead of hops substitute

Can I use neem leaf for substitute of hops? Especially it's difficult to manage hops in our region. I found a lot of health benefit in neem leaf.
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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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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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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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Type of hops in Festival Pride of London Porter

Can anyone tell me what hops are in the Festival Pride of London Porter Beer Kit. I tasted what was left in the dry hop packet and I realy liked the taste. I would like to find out what the hops are ...
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Question about Citra hops

I've brewed my first Citrus-flavored beer last week, using American Citra hops and I'm curious - what gives the hops a Citrus flavor? Is it natural? Or rather inserted artificially when the hops is ...
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Hops Wort Absorption

According to BYO malt absorbs roughly 1.04L of water per kg malt. Knowing this makes calculating things like mash and sparge water quite a bit easier. Is there a rough absorption rate for hops? I've ...
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Hop stand Vs 0 min boil

I have just started my grainfather journey and have been looking at some of the recipes. My question is I can see some that have 0 min boil and some that have hop stand. Can anyone tell me if there is ...
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Adding hops when krausen is still high

One of the recipes I am following requires half of my dry hops to be added when the krausen is high. I always assumed that adding dry hops then would mean that there is loss in aroma. I was wondering ...
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What are the best variety of hops to grow to support a nascent local micro brew scene

I'm in Southern Australia, with good rain, close to the sea and have volcanic soil which looks as though it will grow pretty much anything. We have two small brewerys within a 20km, and I'll be ...
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why did we get lots of vines but way less harvest this year?

The hops are in a raised bed that gets lots of sun. This summer has been very rainy, and I wonder if this may have stunted the buds. Also the bed has just been covered with stew and sand for the ...
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Dry Hopping Cider

I’ve taken to making Cider and quite enjoy it. I now finalize my fermentation (temp controlled) at 1.015Gs before bottling or kegging. In the case of bottling I still prime with sugar and then test ...
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When should the whirlpool be done?

Whirlpooling is great for clarifying the beer from hops and other things. As far as I understand, this whirlpool step is usually done right after the boiling, by making the wort rotates and leaving ...
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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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How do I get my nylon hop bags clean and porous again?

Although I thoroughly clean my nylon hop bags after each boil they have become non-porous. I’ve tried boiling with no improvement to porosity. Any suggestions for getting them porous again?
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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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Impact of reboiling wort

Long story short, somehow after a chilling my beer after the boil, I've ended up with additional water in the wort (must have a leak in the chiller!). Took me a while to notice, couldn't understand ...
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Converting recipe from pellet hops to wet hops

I have several wild hop vines growing near me, and I'd like to try a few SMaSH brews to see what the flavour is like. I have some recipes, but they all use pellet hops. What is a good conversion ...
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Dry Hopping Measuring Cup

When measuring hops for dry hopping, do I need to sanitize the cup I put the hops in on my scale? I recently started buying hops in bulk and I've never had to weigh hops before pouring them into the ...
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How to store wort without hops

I forgot to pick up the hops from the homebrew store I was at and have the mashed wort ready to boil but no hops. Are there certain precautions or a certain way to store the unboiled wort until I pick ...
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Does carbonation increase hop aroma?

I'm on my first try at a hop-forward beer. I tasted my gravity sample last night after about 7 days in primary, expecting a nose full of juicy Cascade, and just got flat bitterness. Should I ...
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Is there a benefit to a full 60 (plus) minute boil, as opposed to shorter boil/more hops?

The idea is pretty simple: bittering due to alpha acid isomerization is a function of boil time and quantity of bittering hops. Hence, it's quoted that from an alpha acid standpoint, a 15 minute boil ...
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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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Aggressive dry hopping schedule normal?

So I'm looking through single hop recipes pretty much anywhere. When I came a across brewdogrecepies.com I was a bit surprised to find their dry hopping is pretty aggressive. Most of the recipes use ...
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Any hop recommendations for a single hop PA out of these options

I'm about to brew an American Pale Ale or Pale Ale. I'm only considering a single hop on this time around. Any recommendation out of these options listed below? It’s what I have left. I'd love to go a ...
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Beer Brewing: How do I dry fresh hops?

I have fresh hops and I wish to dry them for storage in vacuum packed bags. Which methods can I use for drying them, and what are the differences in quality?
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Names for when you use hops

I have heard a lot about the different stages of hopping in the mash, but I have only heard the term dry hopping. Are there different terms given to the different stages of hopping, or are they all ...
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Hops comparison resource

Going back I used to use the very handy site Union Hops to compare different hops, see alpha content, hop oils, tasting notes etc.. After being bought out by Yakima Chief I had been using their site ...
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Removing the hops after the boil when no chilling

The biggest objection to no chill brewing I have heard so far was that the extended content time of the hops with the wort will create off flavors and add IBUs. When I boil my wort I usually put the ...
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How to correctly adjust hops for different alpha acid content

So far during all my brewing experience I've used (more or less) the correct hop variety, but with varying alpha acid content than required in the recipe. As far as bittering is concerned, I'm pretty ...
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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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No Starting Hops - Do I need a 60 min boil?

I'm planning to brew a New England IPA where I only use knocked hops and dry hopping. Is there any point in boiling for an hour? What is the minimum time I should boil for? I'm thinking maybe 15 ...
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Looking for a specific hop rhizome

Looking for a Medusa rhizome or a Canadian Red Vine rhizome. Any help would much appreciated! Cheers!
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Does PH affect hop bitterness?

I've always disagreed with the idea that dry hopping or late hopping added 0 IBUs to your end product. If I ever brewed a kit or recipe and followed the hop schedule exactly, it would pretty much ...
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Storing leftover hops using water displacement method

Has anyone tried using water displacement method for sealing leftover hops? I realise you'd normally want to keep hops pretty far away from water. But you also want to keep it far away from O2 as well....
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Are there any Indian Hop variety out there?

I've heard that in the Himalayas a lot of hop varieties are grown. Is there a company(s) which produce and market hops in India?
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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 °F under Air cond., I can't possibly lager without inconvenience. I have a question ...
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Is this an okay recipe?

This is my first time brewing my own beer. I plan on making a pale ale using 2x Coopers Light Malt Extract in 5 gallons of water. I've recently bought 100g of each of the following hops (and plan to ...
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Hallertau: Is this Hersbrucker or Mittelfrüh?

Sometimes recipes call for the use of Hallertau hops. Since this is a region, I'm wondering which variaty is called for: Hallertau Hersbrucker or Hallertau Mittlefrüh? (I excluded Hallertau Tradition ...
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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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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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