• What Are Hops Good For?

    What Are Hops Good For?
    Those who grow hops or homebrewers who find extras on hand might wonder what else is there to do with hops besides making beer. Fortunately, there are many different potential uses for hops exclusive of brewing with beer. Fresh, dried, and even pellet hops have a variety of uses in addition to the beer-making process. When used correctly, hops are helpful to items including...
  • When are hops ready to harvest?

    When are hops ready to harvest?
    Depending on the specific growing zone, most hops are usually ready to pick by late August or early September. To test a cone's readiness, select a random cone and cut it vertically. In the center, a ripe cone will have yellow dust, known as lupulin. The cone will also emit a pungently hoppy smell. Another way to tell is to snap a hop cone...
  • What flavor do hops have?

    What flavor do hops have?
    What flavor do hops have? Hops are the key to crafting masterful beer. As a result, they play a massive role in the beer brewing process. The cone-shaped flowers of the plant are cultivated and dried in the fall. Brewers cherish the flavors and aromas of these tiny vine-grown buds. First, they add to a beer's taste. Second, hops impart savory sensations to beer...
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