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Hops

The Complex Case of Thiols

Thiols, also known as mercaptans, are sulfur-containing organic compounds with a sulfur atom bound to a hydrogen atom. Thiols make up less than 1% of the essential oils in a hops cone but might hold a key to the fashionable in-demand tropical flavors.

Hops: Start to Finish

Let’s take a walk through the roles hops play during the brewing and fermentation process.

Estimating AA% Using Calibrated Hop Teas

Growing your own hops isn’t always as simple as planting, harvesting, and brewing. For those who want to get deeper into the science, leading to a more fulfilling brewing experience, here are the steps you need to estimate alpha-acid percentage.

Hop or Artichoke? A Whole Lot of Confusion

It's all about perspective. What some people see as a hops cone, others see as an artichoke, or vice versa. Can the confusion lead to collaboration?

Homebrewing with Homegrown Hops

Growing your own hops is relatively easy. The bines grow quickly through the season, and it won’t take long before it’s time to harvest.

Ask The Experts: Are Hops Harmful to Dogs?

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith homebrewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast answers the question: are hops poisonous for dogs?

Forward Contracting Hops

When breweries contract their hops usage at least three years in advance, it lets hops growers better project the varieties to grow and whether to expand the farms, helps prevent shortages or overages, and creates more stability in the hops market.

7 Steps to Growing Your Own Hops

Interested in growing your own hops? Start planning now, and then follow these seven simple steps.

So Many New Hops

Stan Hieronymus gives you the lowdown on some new hops varieties, including German ones that American brewers are clamoring to try.

How to Store Hops

Unless you're using all your fresh hops at once, it's time to store them for future beer.