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Whorl of the Beer World

Whorl of the Beer World

Looking over the craft brew bottles and cans in fridges reminds me of flipping through album cover artwork in record stores. Many labels have hop cone graphics, which look like small green pine cones (to those who do not know hops). They fit “life size” cones ...

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Sowing the Seedless

Sowing the Seedless

Genetic modification is evolution. It crops up naturally in plants and there are other accepted scientific ways of breeding. In the past 30 years, technology has developed ways of combining genes with a new twist—it can be done with just ...

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RNV’s Hop Roots

RNV’s Hop Roots

In 1978, President Carter passed the law legalizing beer making. The hops, yeast and malt industry geared up for the new phenomenon of artisan brewers. They sponsored craft beer festivals and conventions with information, samples and presentations of their commodity. ...

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils

How brewer’s get that hop burst in beer. By Joe Bair

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A Chance Seedling Named Amarillo

A Chance Seedling Named Amarillo

The Amarillo hop was discovered growing in a Virgil Gamache Farms Inc. (VGF) Liberty hop field. It looked more yellow-green and smelled more of grapefruit than the other hops. Visually, inside the cone was a brilliant yellow, lupulin color, Amarillo ...

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The Hophead

The Hophead

Charles E. Zimmermann–The Godfather of super-high alpha hops. Some people’s importance is noticed after they are departed. Sometimes, it’s deliberate, the person wanted it that way–never seeking publicity while alive. Their names on patents are the only published information about ...

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Hallertau Hops

Hallertau Hops

A brief background on Hallertau hops. Hop growing chronicles began in 736 AD in the Hallertau district of present day Bavaria. The dire effects of the 2008 worldwide hop crisis marked the first year the Hallertau region was second in ...

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Cascades

Cascades

America’s first legal hop. Cascades were the first USDA released hop in 1972. Since the Alpha and Beta acids average 5% – it makes the perfect all-purpose hop.

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