Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Choosing a Hop for "Dry Hopping"

First, remember that you are now hopping your beer for flavor and aroma, not for bitterness! Many hops are listed as hops that are typically used as flavor or aroma hops rather than as bittering hops and these are the ones that you will want to look to when dry hopping your home brew.

Most hops considered to be good aroma and flavor hops have low levels of alpha acids (around 6% or less). These varieties (there are others) include Cascade, Crystal, Fuggle, Kent Goldings, Hallertau, Saaz, Tettnang and Willamette.

Want to experiment? Feel free! That is what home brewing is all about! Any hop that you like the results of when using them in the last 15 minutes of the wort boil will most likely be ones that you will like the results of when dry hopping.

Tomorrow: At what stage in the lift of your home brew should you actually do your dry hopping?

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