If you’re a beer lover, then you’ve probably heard about hops. Hops are the flowers of the hop plant that are used in beer for flavouring and stability. There are many different types of hops, each with its own unique flavour and aroma. In this blog post, we will discuss what hops are, what they’re used for, and how to use them in your own home brewed beers!
What are Hops?
Hops are the flowers of the hop plant Humulus lupulus. They are a member of the Cannabaceae family of flowering plants.
Where are they grown in Australia?
The vast majority of hops are grown in the Yakima Valley of Washington State in the USA. Hops were first introduced to Australia in the late 1800s, and a few small hop farms continue to operate today.
How do I use hops in my home brewed beers?
There are many different ways to use hops when brewing your own beer at home. You can add them during the boil, after boiling but before fermentation (known as dry hopping), or during secondary fermentation.
It’s important to understand their bitterness levels and how that will affect the final product. Hops added at the beginning of the brewing process contribute bitterness to the beer. Hops added later in the process contribute more flavour and aroma. When adding hops, you’ll also want to consider what type of hop you’re using and what flavours and aromas it contributes. You can find a variety of hop profiles on our website
Can Hops can also be used as a preservative to help keep beer fresh for longer?
Hops can also be used as a preservative to help keep beer fresh for longer. Hops are high in alpha acids, which act as a natural preservative. By using hops in your beer, you can help extend its shelf life.
What are the different varieties of Hops available?
If you’re looking for something with a strong bittering properties, we recommend using Columbus or Chinook hops. For beers with more floral or citrusy notes, we recommend using Citra or Amarillo hops. Remember, when using hops it’s important to experiment and find what works best for you and your home brewed beers!
There is no one “best” hop to use in homebrewing. It really depends on what you are looking for in your beer.
When starting out, we recommend experimenting with different hops until you find the ones that work best for you. You can find a variety of hop profiles on our website. We hope this blog post has helped you learn more about hops and their use in beer! Be sure to check out our website for more information on brewing your own beer at home.
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