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For The Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops
By Stan Hieronymus

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Publisher: Brewers Publications, 2012.
Soft Cover, 326 pages, 6x9.
Item #1698

Centuries ago, brewers discovered the potential of an unassuming flower growing on vines. Now, it's nearly impossible to find a beer without hops, which is why Brewers Publications tapped beer and homebrewing expert Stan Hieronymus to pen For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops. 

Hieronymus applies his extensive research to explain the nature of hops, their origins and how brewers maximize their positive attributes throughout the brewing process. For the Love of Hops covers the basics of hop chemistry, then examines the important role farmers play and how brewers can best choose the hops they need.  It includes fundamental information about and descriptions of more than 100 hop varieties, along with 16 recipes from around the world, including from top U.S. craft brewers.

Hieronymus also explores hop quality and utilization, with an entire chapter devoted to dry hopping. Throughout, the author's research and accessible writing style educate the reader on the rich history of hops and their development into an essential ingredient in beer.

"This book is an amazing compendium on the hop, written at a level of detail that will captivate historians, chemists and brewers alike. Stan Hieronymus’ exhaustive research traces the history and evolution of many traditional and recently developed cultivars embraced and supported by craft brewers, and reveals a great deal about the dynamics driving the industry…. This book is technically sound, very well researched and footnoted, and digs into the use and history of hops in a deep and relevant way."
--From the Foreward, by Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Foreword - xi
Introduction - 1
Me to Mirror: So You Want to Write a Book About Hops? - 8
About the Book - 10

1. The Hop and Aroma - 15
Hop Oils: Secrets Not Yet Revealed - 19
Less Is More and Other Aroma Secrets - 28
Hop Aroma Impact - 31
The Language of Aroma and Flavor - 36
Why You Smell Tomahto and I Smell . . . - 39

2. A Plant With a Past - 45
"We Like the Hop That Grows on This Side of the Road" - 57

3. A Plant With a Future - 65

4. Growing Hops - 87
Location, Location, Location - 100
Size Matters, But So Does Family - 102

5. Harvesting Hops - 113
Turning Acres of Hops Into Bales - 118
Rubbing and Sniffing - 120
A Brewer"s Guide to Evaluating and Selecting Hops - 123

6. The Hop Store - 131
Pelletizing & Pellet Products - 132
Hop Extracts - 133
Advanced Hop Products - 135
From Admiral to Zeus - 136

7. Hops in the Brewhouse - 175
Alpha Acids and Beta Acids - 176
The Bitterness Drift - 179
Understanding IBU and Calculating Utilization - 184
Ready, Set, Start Adding Hops - 191
Post-Boil Hopping - 199

8. Dry Hopping - 205
The Universal Questions - 213
Form - 213
Temperature - 214
Quantity - 215
Residence Time and Number of Additions - 216
Fermenter Geometry - 217
Yeast - 217
Varieties - 218
The Slurry Method - 218
Hop Cannon - 219
Torpedo - 222

9. The Good, the Bad, and the Skunky - 225
Hop Quality Group: A Learning Process - 228
Pellets: Easier to Store but Just as Fragile - 230
Polyphenols and Phenols - 231
"Skunky" by Any Other Name ("Imported") Is Still a Fault - 233
Some Like Their Hops Slightly Aged, Some Quite Old - 233
Dry Hopping and Flavor Stability - 234

10. What Works - 239
About the Recipes - 243
The Recipes - 244
Old World"s Mantra, Brasserie de la Senne - 244
Indian Brown Ale, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - 245
New Zealand Pale Ale, Epic Brewing and Good George Brewing - 247
Union Jack IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing - 249
Fuller's 1845, Fuller, Smith & Turner - 251
Kissmeyer Stockholm Syndrom Imperial IPA, Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing - 253
Red Ale, Marble Brewery - 256
English Lager, Meantime Brewing - 258
14° Tmave Specialni Pivo, Pivovar Kout na ?umav˘e - 259
Bavarian Helles, Private Landbrauerei Schonram - 262
Mein Nelson Sauvin, G. Schneider & Sohn - 264
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing - 266
Hopfen, Urban Chestnut Brewing - 268
Kellerpils, Victory Brewing - 270
Verboten, Weyerbacher Brewing - 272

11. Epilogue - 275

Bibliography - 285

Index - 301

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