Hop Heads in Heaven: New Techniques in Bitterness Production

Last year Sierra Nevada Brewing Company released a new year-round beer called Hop Hunter IPA. What makes this beer different from their other offerings—and pretty much every other IPA on the market—is the production method of the hops used in the brew. In traditional beer making, hops are added toward the end of the brewing process. The bitterness of the hops balances the sweetness of the malts and adds aroma to the beer. There are several ways hops can come, with dry, wet, and compressed pellets being the most common. However, there are new techniques being explored, and in...

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