One of the least understood, but most vital ingredient in beer making, is our Source of Inspiration this week.
Hops are cone-like flowers that can be traced back to the first century A.D Rome where it was used as a vegetable and as decoration, as it’s a rather pretty flower.
Nowadays, hops is most commonly used in beer production to enhance the flavour and aroma, in the same way that spices are added to foods, hops also imparts the desired bitterness to beer to balance the sweetness proferred by the malt.
Different varieties of hops, such as Saaz, will add different flavours.
In SA, if you want to buy hops to make beer, SAB sells a variety of different pellets to choose from depending on the style of beer you wish to make.