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Adding Hops to Kit Beers Print E-mail
Way back in the dark ages European beer was made with malt, water and yeast. In an attempt to preserve the beer monks added hops and found the sweet malty brews tasted better with the addition of the bitter flowers.
All the home brew kits we supply have already been hopped so adding finishing hops is only required to balance out the malts and sugars you add to the brew or to change the style of the beer you are brewing. You can add hops to your beer using either pellet, cone, whole flowers or hops bags.
Modern brewers use hops for three main purposes. For aroma, by ?dry hopping?; flavour, by ?steeping?; and bitterness, by ?boiling?.

DRY HOPPING
The best method to add hops aroma to your beer is by adding hops straight to your fermenter. Hops can be thrown directly into the fermenter either loose, in a muslin hops bag or by using Brewiser hops bag. The best time for this is 3 days after you start your brew. You can do it when you are mixing your brew but I have found you loose a lot of the aroma straight out the air lock if you add it early. This method also adds a pleasant, fresh hop flavour.

STEEPING or ?The Tea method?
An excellent method of adding flavour and aroma to your brew is to add 500ml of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. When boiling add your hops, replace the lid and take off the heat. (You can also achieve the same results by adding a Brewiser hop bag to a clean and sterilised coffee mug and top it up with boiling water.) Leave to steep for around 10 minutes, then add to your brew with the cold water.

?QUICK BOIL? METHOD
Best used when extra bitterness is required in your brew. Add 500g of your malt to about 2 litres of water, mix and bring to a gentle boil. Add half of your hops and boil for about 10min. After this is done add the other half, stir, cover and take off the heat. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes then strain into your fermenter as part of the hot water in your mix.

You only need to add between 10 to 20 grams of hops to a kit brew to improve its flavour and balance out the malt but when you get down to it it?s all up to your own personal taste. You only need to add between 10 to 20 grams of hops to a kit brew to improve its flavour and balance out the malt but when you get down to it it?s all up to your own personal taste.

 
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