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10 must-haves for a extensive hop handling

We put together a variety of tools to make your beer hoppier for almost any situation, whether you are testing new hop varieties, brewing beer, serving beer or drinking it. For all the beer enthusiast, beer brewers or big-time brewer, here are some accessories to make your life just that much hoppier than it already is:

 

1. Mortar and Pestle

Evaluating hops is of great importance to evaluate their visual, haptic and aroma quality before being processed. Brewers are interested in investigating how hops were treated during growing season (impact of pests and diseases), how the farmers processed their hops (picking and drying treatment) and aroma. With a mortar and pestle, the brewer will gain a tool to assess its hop aroma by crushing the lupulin glands to set the aroma compounds free. Use with whole cone or preferably pellet hops.

Inform here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortar_and_pestle

 

2. Vaping hops

The traditional method of rubbing and sniffing provides an excellent method to evaluate hops on their visual, haptic and aroma quality. The goal is to look at how the hops were treated during growing season (impact of pests and diseases), their processing characteristics (picking and drying treatment) and aroma. Of course you can’t replace this traditional method, but you can use the vaping of hops for aroma evaluation. Not only that but you can bring the beer drinker closer to your raw ingredients (see Lagunitas video)!

Inform here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=69&v=t5xWQOIJk9k

Order here: http://www.volcanovaporizer.com/about/

 

3. French Press

Because of the vast variety of hops, brewers need to a tool to investigate the hop aroma in their new or existing beers. Simply done, a coffee press is filled with your beer and your favorite hop to replicate dry-hopping without risking large amounts of beer. Add the hops at a dosage equivalent to the normal batch (we recommend to dose on oil, i.e. 1 ml/hl for decent hop aroma). Wait for one hour and then taste. You can save time and beer, and achieve similar results to normal dry-hopping!

Inform here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_press

 

4. Extract your own hop oil

Brewers are continually pushing the boundaries beyond traditional hop products (whole cone and pellet hops) to achieve hop aroma in beer. This device promises to extract oil from different plant matter using microwave extraction technology. It is fast and can be completed in a home microwave. Hop oils should be dosed directly into beer or with help of a solvent, i.e. ethanol. Add hop aroma without any plant matter!

Order here: http://oilextech.com/

 

5. HopShot

This sounds like a calming digestif after a big meal in the Hallertau, but this HopShot is hop extract made for brewing small batches of beer. CO2 extract is usually dosed in large breweries to achieve bitterness. Because of its sticky and condensed nature of CO2 extract, this company packed the extract into an easy to use “shot” to be directly dosed into beer. The uses are many for this type of extract. Either dose at the beginning of the boil for bitterness and closer to the end of the boil for more aroma.

Order here: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/hopshot.html

 

6. Dry-hopper

Many times we are given the task to dry hop a beer in kegs and we then run into a couple of issues: if whole cone and pellet hops are dosed directly into the keg, they will clog the keg when tapping, adding a nylon sack will reduce the extraction efficiency during dry-hopping, and cutting the keg dip tube to avoid clogging requires special tools! Stainless Brewing came up with a completely stainless steel sieve to let the beer in and keep the hops at the same time. Use pellets, whole cone hops or any other additions (fruit, wood chips, etc.) to dry-hop your beer!

Order here: http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/Dry-Hopper-with-twist-cap_p_155.html

 

7. HopRocket

Do it like the big craft brewers do. This external hopping device can be loaded with whole cone hops. By pumping the beer from the keg through the HopRocket and back into the keg, you can complete dry-hopping in just a few hours of pumping, extracting all of the goodness of hops. Additionally, it can be used after the whirlpool as a hopback before cooling, and also can be used while serving beer. Small scale and big results!

Order here: http://www.blichmannengineering.com/products/hoprocket

 

8. Hoppier

Why go through the hassle of dry-hopping your beer in the fermentation cellar when it can hopped directly before serving? That was the question that Cambridge Consultants tackled by created a tapping unit where the beer gets pushed through an espresso cup under pressure (at 9 bar). This personalizes each drinker’s hop experience with different hop varieties. To our knowledge, this product is unfortunately still in the experimental stage. Hops on tap!

Inform here: http://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/media/press-releases/beer-gets-barista-touch-2

9. Randall Jr.

Many people know of the “Randall the Enamel Animal” as an onsite hopper at the tap. This mini-version is for those of you who need an infusion of hops on the fly. Add the hops into the sieve, pour the beer over the hops, wait and then drink. The sieve can be filled with whatever is wanted to flavor your beer (herbs, spices, fruit, etc.).

Order here: http://www.dogfish.com/store/other-accessories/randall-jr.htm

10. Pure Hop Aroma (PHA) extracts

Pimp your beer, whenever, wherever! These hop extracts (made by Barth-Haas UK) can be added directly into any beer type to add many different types of hop flavors. Many brewers use these extracts to create an extra boost of hop flavor. Whether it be floral, herbal, spicy, citrusy, rose, sylvan, a specific variety like Cascade or Topnotes (extracts for dry-hopped flavor). Turn a normal beer into extraordinary with just a few drops!

Inform here: http://www.barthhaasgroup.com/de/varieties-and-products/hop-products
Order here: http://simplyhops.de/pha-hop-flavours

And now it is to you! Check out this hoppy accessoires and let us know about your experiences 🙂
Your BARTH-HAAS Team

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