Did you know that hops…?
There are probably many things you do not know about hops. This is normal. The hop plant, which is highly appreciated by brewers, is not usually the topic of conversation in a lift. At least not yet. Who knows what will happen after you read this article.
- It belongs to the Cannabaceae family. Yes, from the same family as cannabis. Perhaps you already knew this. No, it does not have the same properties no matter how you consume it. Our recommendation will obviously be to take it in the marvellous concoction called beer.
- All the hop flowers used in making beer have to be female and virgin. Yes, perhaps this will remind you of section one.
- Hops began to be used in beer thanks to their preservation properties although, at present, they are appreciated because of the typical bitter taste that they give to beer.
- Hops began to be cultivated as a crop in Central Europe in the 9th century. Until then, they were harvested in the wild. Hops began to be mentioned in texts across the board in the 14th century but it was not until the 16th century that they began to be considered a basic ingredient for making beer.
- Hops can be taken as an infusion to calm down one’s nerves thanks to their sedative effects. When brewing beer, that technique is used to test the power and nuances of the hops.
- Cooked hops can be eaten but we would not recommend this to anybody. Some courageous people are daring enough to cook hops. Do you fancy a hopped-up bruschetta? Make a note of this recipe from Bon Appetit.
- If this brief post has not satisfied your curiosity about this plant revered by brewers, do not fret since there are several museums around the world devoted exclusively to it. You can read about them and other curiosities on this blog.