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Learn More About Hops...Craft Better Beer

Learn More About Hops...Craft Better Beer [Kindle Edition]

Dan Woodske
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Why do hops give off the flavor and aroma that they do? "Because" is not the answer. They vary in Alpha Acids. Beta Acids, Myrcene and a host of other oils and acids. Where they are grown even matters.

This book covers over 100 individual hops and breaks them down piece-by-piece so you can properly craft your next homebrew. It also gives you information on what to expect regarding flavor and aroma.

The Author owns a brewpub (Beaver Brewing Company) and was constantly getting asked about the hops in his beer and how he got it to taste like that.

After months of leafing through sales, brochures, researching hop farmers, and experimenting himself he puts all of that hopped up knowledge into one source in an easy to access manner specifically for the homebrewer in all of us.

About the Author

Dan Woodske is the owner and brewer at the Beaver Brewing Company in Beaver Falls Pennsylvania. The brewpub is known regionally for creating a unique beer offerings from Basil Amber Ale, to the Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale and the Pecan Pie Nut Brown. He takes that experience and shares that in his books about hops, starting a brewery, and kvass.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475265050
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083I453Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hop Poll 8 Nov 2012
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This book is an absolute godsend for anyone who brews with actual hops. Information about the very variable quality and date of hops available to the homebrew market in the UK is very hard to acquire and the distributors tend to be somewhat opaque about where they've got them from. At least, with this clearly set-out book, one can estimate not only the type of oils and acids going into one's precious brew, but discover what proportions - particularly of the essential oils - account for what flavours. The storage rating for each hop variety (along with an estimate of how much the acids decline with time) is GREAT!

This is an american book but deals with most of the hops you'll find for sale in the UK.

I contacted Dan Woodske with a couple of queries (he invites contact in the book) and he was extremely helpful.

Thanks Dan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reference book! 7 April 2013
By Terry
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I use this book all the time. It's great doesn't blow your mind with too much detail. A really good book to get some quick info and stats around your hop choices. It is mostly a catalogue of hops with a set write up for each and an intro. It should be on your shelf if you brew as it's so easy to use. If you want lots of detail about your hops this is a good starting place but doesn;t go too far down the science route. I use it as a good starting point or reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about hops 10 Aug 2012
By Kevin Escribano - Published on
Last year when I started home brewing, I was looking for resources about hops. I found some stuff on the internet, but either it didn't give me enough information or wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Then, I found this book and all my searching came to an end. For each hop listed, there is a brief history of it, origin, common beer styles that the hops are used in, the aroma, flavor profile, alpha acid range, beta acid range, and cohumulone acid range. Dan even lists what are good substitutes and his own brewer notes for each hop. All the information provided is very helpful when making your own recipes. True to his word, if you have a quick question, Dan will email you back. He even gave me suggestions for the hops to use for my next Pale Ale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good info, very short read, good reference 15 Nov 2012
By Jerrod Kowalski - Published on
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i think you should know what is in this book and what is not. the "book" part is 10 pages, yes 10. by book i mean the writing, the words people put on paper to tell a story or convey an idea. the thing is those 10 pages are a great resource for identifying the hops components (specs) and how each of those components impact the final beer.

The rest of the book consists of individual pages dedicated to individual hops and the detailed specs of the hops, which is very valuable to me. This book provides a road-map on how to understand the complexity of the hop utilization in my beer and then list the majority of available hops with details to help me make good choices for creating the flavor, bitterness and aroma that I am shooting for.

Yes you can get much of the info for free from websites of hops lists, but this is a nice resource to have when you are designing your beer or even at the brewing stage. I have been brewing for several years and only after reading this book did I feel like I understood enough about hop specs to be able to end up with a beer that I had imagined when I was designing the recipe.

Just don't expect a history lesson, technical rhetoric, stories and such. Dan explains the elements, defines how those elements impact the beer and then list the hops so that you can design a beer with a good idea of what the outcome will be. i will buy other hops books, but i do not regret buying this one, i am glad to have it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource for homebrewers 11 May 2013
By GA Russell - Published on
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This book lists 99 hop varieties alphabetically, devoting one page to each. Each page includes suggestions of similar hops.

At the end, there is a list of the hops in alpha acid order, and another list of hops in myrcene oil order.

The book is short, only 126 pages, but it is also fairly priced. I see this to be a book for the homebrewer who wants to experiment with his own recipes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a must have! 10 May 2013
By T D - Published on
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So I bought this almost on a whim, but since then I've found this guide as a must have for home brewing. It literally is something I work with everytime I build a new beer recipe. It's basically the best hop guide around, giving alpha acid, beta acid, myrcene, etc. content that you will never find on our small homebrewer hop packets in our local brew shops.

This is a must have for anyone brewing, in my opinion. It's an easy quick guide to almost 100 hops that far surpasses anything else I have found as a true field guide. The only weakness is in some editing and grammatical issues, which are easily overlooked when you read the full, robust outlines of so many hop varietals that even an expert would keep this in their back pockets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail 9 Dec 2012
By David - Published on
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I am always looking to add more reference books to my brewing library. This book is my go to source when developing or modifying recipes and I want to make changes to the hop schedule. A lot of good information that is up to date with some of the newer varieties of hops. It’s definitely a worthwhile addition to my collection of brewing books.
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