In this episode, we discuss the tools and methods for making hop additions on--and after--your brew day. The main components of any brew are water, malts, hops, and yeast. Water is the quietest of the four, malts lay down the backbone, yeast contributes a large amount of flavor, and hops are there to even out the malt sweetness and add their own burst of flavor and aroma to the final product.

 

In some styles, hop additions remain limited to make the beer more malt forward, while still keeping the sweetness in check. In other styles, the recipe is designed to specifically showcase the hops through bitterness, flavor, and aroma, while the character of all the other ingredients is minimized. It all depends on the style of beer you are brewing. And across all of those styles, there are multiple methods and tools for adding your hop additions to your brew to get the results you want. Whether it’s an ultra-hoppy Double IPA or sweet British Brown Ale.

 

 

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