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Whorl of the Beer World

Whorl of the Beer World

written by Joseph Bair 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). ...

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Sowing the Seedless

Sowing the Seedless

written by Joseph Bair 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 ...

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RNV’s Hop Roots

RNV’s Hop Roots

written by Joseph Bair 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 ...

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils

written by Joseph Bair 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

written by Joseph Bair 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 ...

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The Hophead

The Hophead

written by Joseph Bair 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 ...

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Hallertau Hops

Hallertau Hops

written by Joseph Bair 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 ...

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Cascades

Cascades

written by Joseph Bair 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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