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Which Hops Have a Fruity Aroma?

Fruity Hops

Try these hops types which include a fruity aroma:

Variety Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Bravo Fruity, Floral Pleasant fruity and floral aroma characteristics
Brewers Gold Fruity, Spicy Spicy, fruity characteristics, black currant
Brewers Gold (GR) Fruity, Spicy Black currant, fruit and spice characteristics
Bullion Fruity Strong and zesty blackcurrant characteristics
Cascade Fruity, Citrus, Floral Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones
Citra Fruity, Citrus, Tropical Fruit Strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee
Fuggle Fruity, Tobacco/Earthy Mild wood and fruit characteristics
Perle (GR) Fruity, Floral, Spicy Delicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones
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Why Use Hops in Beer Brewing

Why Use Hops in Homebrewing?

The plant part of the hop which is used in brewing beer is the hop flower, a delicate, pale green, papery cone full of perishable resins. Hops give a beer bitterness when used early in the brewing process, and aroma when added at the end. In the past, hops were used as a preservative to extend the life of beer. Here are some questions people often have about why hops are used.

How does hops affect beer? There are four basic ingredients to beer, but only three are essential: malted barley, yeast and water. Hops give a beer bitterness when used early in the brewing process, and aroma when added at the end. As a bonus, hops are a preservative, and extend the life of beer. Hops have been used in brewing for their antibacterial effect over less desirable microorganisms and for purported benefits including balancing the sweetness of the malt with bitterness and a variety of flavours and aromas. Why use hops in beer brewing? Hop flowers help beer in these 4 ways:

  • Contribute bitterness that counterbalances the sweetness of the barley
  • Add flavor
  • Provide aroma
  • Help preserve the beer

Why was hops added to beer? During the brewing process, hops are added at the beginning of the boiling stage to give the brew its bitter flavor and more are added at the end of the boil for aroma and flavor. Hops also act as a preservative by inhibiting spoilage bacteria during a beer’s shelf life and they help to stabilize foam.

Do hops help preserve beer? Hops contain pinhead-sized glands of lupulin, a sticky substance that’s secreted when boiled. Lupulin contains the essential oils, bitter acids, and resins that help preserve the beer.

How long do hoppy beers last? When considering hops flavour and aroma, most brewers will tell you that hops degrade quickly in bottles which are left in heat or sunlight and generally hops tend to lose their aroma and have bitterness with age, which is why hop forward brewers may try to offload aging brews. Some people avoid buying IPA older than three months and pick beer in a beer fridge over beer on a shelf. If you really love your IPA and want it as bitter-fresh as possible, you may be a psychopath, but buy and drink it before it hits three weeks old.

What type of beer has the most hops? Many ales, such as India pale ales, contain more hops which results in a slightly bitter taste to help balance the sweetness. Types of beer in the ale category include pale ales, wheat beers, bitters, porters, stouts, barley wines, brown ales and tripels.

Is hops in beer good for you? Maybe: hops act as an anti-aging agent, keeping you drinking craft beer longer than you thought! Beer can also raise HDL, the good cholesterol in your body. A 2009 study found the high levels of silicon in beer can be good for bones, but too much could mean more fractures.

Does the hops in beer promote estrogen? It might seem manly to drink beer, but a chemical found in hops might be the cause of some very feminine attributes. Hops, which gives beer its flavor, are female flowers of the hop plant and contain high levels of phytoestrogen—a plant estrogen. But the world has developed a taste for hoppy beer.

What does hops taste like? Hops are the spice of beer. They provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt, as well as flavors and aromas ranging from citrus and pine to earthy and spicy.

Can you eat hops? Humulus lupulus (the hop plant) is in fact related to cannabis. Despite that, smoking and/or eating hops is not recommended—not even for medical purposes! Consuming hops in any way, other than in beer, can give you an upset stomach and a raging headache, but your pets are at a far higher risk as hops are often toxic to animals. Having said that, hops are sometimes given to horses and cattle for various reasons.

Some people buy hops from supplement suppliers who stock hops products which are marketed for oral use for anxiety, sleep disorders such as the inability to sleep (insomnia) or disturbed sleep due to rotating or nighttime work hours (shift work disorder), restlessness, tension, excitability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness, irritability, and more.

Some people smoke hops because the hop plant itself is actually in the Cannabaceae family, of which cannabis / marijuana is a member. US Scientists have created a new hops strain which is rich in cannabidiol CBD as an alternate source of CBD for people who don’t like the stigma of marijuana or hemp products.

Does any beer not have hops? Finding malt-forward ales and lagers is no easy task when the popularity of IPAs has led to most brewers upping the hops on every style they make. There are delicious beers that rely on barley and yeast, not hops, to please your palate.

Can you make beer without hops? Gruit, or brewing without hops. Gruit is a drink from olden times, a drink much like beer, but made without the use of hops. Instead of hops, bittering herbs of different varieties were used, and there is evidence to support the idea that beer without hops is a different and livelier experience on many levels.

Which beer style have hops? While practically all beers use hops to some degree, many styles merely use the herb to balance the sweet, flavorful sugars of barley. Finding those malt-forward ales and lagers, however, is no easy task when the popularity of IPAs has led to most brewers upping the hops on every style they make.

Which beers have more hops? Many ales, such as India pale ales, contain more hops which results in a slightly bitter taste to help balance the sweetness. Types of beer in the ale category include pale ales, wheat beers, bitters, porters, stouts, barley wines, brown ales and tripels.

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Hops Varieties Grown in Australia

Hops Australia

Which hops are grown in Australia?

There is no comprehensive list of all hop varieties available to grow in Australia. Only those that are grown on a commercial scale are identified in the IHGC world hop variety list.

Varieties grown commercially in Australia in 2016 (Source: www.hmelj‐giz.si/ihgc/obj.htm)

Variety or brand name, Type, Origin, Plant variety rights

  1. Astra, flavour, Australia, Ellerslie
  2. Cascade, aroma, USA
  3. Centennial, dual, USA
  4. Cluster, dual, USA
  5. Ella, flavour, Australia, HPA
  6. Enigma, flavour, Australia, HPA
  7. Galaxy, flavour, Australia, HPA
  8. Helga, aroma, Australia, HPA
  9. Melba, flavour, Australia, Ellerslie
  10. Pandora, flavour, Australia, Ellerslie
  11. Pride of Ringwood, bitter, Australia
  12. Spalter Select, aroma, Germany
  13. Summer, flavour, Australia, HPA
  14. Super Pride, bitter, Australia, HPA
  15. Topaz, flavour, Australia, HPA
  16. Victoria Secret, flavour, Australia, HPA
  17. Willamette, aroma, USA

Where are hops grown in Australia? Hops are predominantly grown in the eastern states, with Australia’s largest producers located in Victoria and Tasmania. With only very small quantities of hops grown in WA, many WA breweries sourced dried product from interstate and overseas.

Hops Growing involves considering crop rotation, soil, position, frost tolerance, feeding, companion plants, spacing, sowing and planting, harvesting and trouble shooting.

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Aroma Hops and Flavour Hops

Aroma Hops, Flavour Hops, Dual Purpose Hops

Aroma Hops and Flavour Hops

Bittering Hops

Dual-Purpose Hops

Aroma Hops and Flavour Hops

A rapid and sustained growth in the craft beer brewing industry overseas and here in Australia is driving strong demand for hops with new and interesting flavours. Aroma hops usually have a lower alpha acid content compared with bitter varieties. The essential oil profiles of these varieties mean that the hop imparts more aromas and flavours to the beer.

Flavour hops is a new term being used to describe certain varieties that are similar in many respects to aroma hops, but are known to deliver a particularly bold flavour.

Hop producing companies and government agencies around the world have identified the opportunity for new aroma and flavour hops to be developed through investment in plant breeding programs. Such programs have led to some very successful varieties protected by patent, trademark or plant variety rights (PVR).

The American variety Citra® and New Zealand variety Motueka® are examples of varieties privately bred and selected for their aroma properties. The Cascade variety is one of the world’s most widely produced aroma hops, which resulted from a public breeding program run by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Here are some questions people often ask:

What is the difference between bittering hops and aroma hops? The alpha acids of Aroma hops are usually lower, around 5 percent and contribute a more desirable aroma and flavor to the beer. Bittering hops, also known as kettle hops, are added at the start of the boil and boiled for about an hour. Aroma hops are added towards the end of the boil and are typically boiled for 15 minutes or less.

How do you increase hop aroma? You can increase aroma by adding aroma extract. An easy way to make an aroma extract is to boil a small volume of wort and then steep some hops in it after you shut off the heat. You can then quickly cool your hop oil extract and add it to your beer. One method is to use a coffee plunger.

Do bittering hops add flavor? The same hop variety might be used for bittering, flavor and aroma. Not all beers will have 3 hop additions; some may have only one, some may have up to 5 or 6 additions. All beers do have at least one hop addition for bitterness, to balance the sweetness of the malt.

How do hops flavor beer? The plant part used in brewing beer is the hop flower, a delicate, pale green, papery cone full of perishable resins. They give a beer bitterness when used early in the brewing process, and aroma when added at the end. As a bonus, hops are a preservative, and extend the life of beer.

What do hops add to beer flavor? Hops add bitterness, flavor, and aroma to beer. They are the balancing agent to sugary sweet backbone that the malt provides. Specifically, hops have natural resins and essential oils that provide their uniquely identifiable flavor and aroma.

What does hops taste like in beer? Hops are the spice of beer. They provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt, as well as flavors and aromas ranging from citrus and pine to earthy and spicy.

Why do hops beers sometimes taste like grapefruit? Lots of beer makers stick to various citrusy hops instead of actually adding grapefruit; Columbus, for example, especially gives off strong grapefruit flavor and aroma. Some brewers actually add real grapefruit puree, which contributes a touch of tart, citrus flavor to a variety of fruit beers, ciders, meads and other fermented beverages.

Are there beers without hops? There are beer styles which don’t use hops, for example gruit beer and spruce beer.