Day 75

You already know how I feel about tests at 8:30 in the morning, so let’s just skip the first 90 minutes of Ingredients and move on to learning more about hops. Today, the effect of hops on beer colour. Yes, hops do have some effect on colour. Due to a small oversight, we didn’t actually learn about this until after we had to answer a question about it on the test this morning.

Oh right, I wasn’t going to mention that test, was I?

Back to hops. Hops and and its effect on beer foam. The preservative and bacteriostatic effects of hops. Growing and harvesting hops. Instructor Kevin Somerville has actually grown his own Centennial hops for the past two summers, and what I found very fascinating is that he managed to convince a friend to allow him to dig 4-foot-deep trenches in the friend’s backyard, refill the trenches with alluvial soil, plant some hops in the soil, erect a trellis and then watch 12-foot long bines of hops climb all over the trellis. Given that I have no room for 12-foot hop plants in my backyard, I’ve got to find me a friend like that.

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