For the Love of Hops provides a full explanation on the nature, origins, and methods for maximizing the positive attributes of hops throughout the brewing process.
Author Stan Hieronymus begins with a comprehensible exposition on hop chemistry, describing the various and possible aroma compounds often found in hops and the benefits supplied to beer. Following a brief account of the history and the future of hops, the author examines the important role of farmers in the growing of hops and the development of new varieties. Included in the text is an easily accessed chapter depicting 132 different varieties, usable as a reference for choosing hops based on technical specifications and widely accepted descriptions.
Beyond the particular hop varietals, Hieronymous offers detailed explanations regarding the application of hops in the brew house as provided by world-class brewers, including the utilization of bittering, flavor, aroma additions and an entire chapter on the art and craft of dry hopping.
Following a complete explanation on the management of hops and troubleshooting of potential problems, For the Love of Hops finishes by supplying the home brewer with 16 hop-centric recipes from around the world, including several from top U.S. craft brewers.
Throughout the guide, Hieronymus’ research and accessible writing style educates the reader on the rich history of hops as an essential and beloved ingredient in beer.