Beer Maverick

The Most Popular Hops in Use Today

We are often asked “What are the most popular hops to use?“, and while it is a loaded question that needs qualifiers on beer style, location and personal preference, it is one that can be...

Highest Alpha Acid (AA%) Hops

Alpha acids (α acids) are chemical compounds of the Humulus lupulus (or hop) plant. These acids are found in the resin glands of the flowers of the hop plant and are the source of hop bitterness. Alpha acids mostly...

Should You Use a Hop Spider or Muslin Bag?

There are infinite ways to use hops in home brewing. No matter how you are using them right now, there is always one question that keeps popping up: Should you contain the hops using a bag or hopper, or just let them...

Hop Induced Off-Flavors

Off flavors can come from anywhere in the brewing process. DMS stems from an incomplete boil. Diacetyl or “Green Apple” off-flavors come from various infections that usually occur during fermentation...