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When Can Hops Be Added During The Brewing Process?

Kristen Buttermore

Hops may be added at different times during the brewing process - True or False?
True. Depending on the style of beer being made, brewers may call on different hops at different times throughout the brewing process. Some hops are used for aroma, some for flavor, and others for bitterness.

What is spontaneous fermentation?
Spontaneous fermentation is when brewmasters use wild yeast to ferment their beer. Wild yeast is all around us and floating in the air. The use of wild yeast in spontaneous fermentation can result in unpredictable fermentation. This type of brewing was common in ancient times before man knew how to cultivate yeast cultures.

How is a microbrewery defined?
A microbrewery is defined by the Brewers Association as a brewery “that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year with 75% or more of its beer sold off-site.

Originally published in our Craft Beer of the Month Club's Micro Brew News, Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub edition located in Washington state.