By William Brand
Monday, October 31st, 2005 at 12:45 pm in Uncategorized.
Hello William Brand:
I just read your article on ‘wet hops’ in the Daily Review. (See article in posting below.) I, too, like a fresh hop taste in my beer and prefer India Pale Ale to most types except a good porter. In fact, my husband home-brews and I grow his hops – right up the side of our house! When I first started growing hops I dried and sealed them in plastic bags, but I thought the hop flavor was too washed out so I started experimenting with preservation methods.
I started vacuum sealing; then freezing them to get the freshest most intense flavor. Now, for the best flavor from my hops, I vacuum seal them fresh and freeze them.
My husband’s beer has consistently won prizes in the top three and ‘best of show’ at the county fairs and (years ago) local competitions since I started growing and preserving his hops!
I also need to point out to you that grafting plants together does not hybridize them. That would only occur if the plants were cross pollinated- their seedlings would be the hybrids. Think of grafting as an ‘organ transplant’ where parts are attached and hybridizing as ‘cross-breeding’.
I am a UC certified Master Gardener and have lots of grafted fruit trees, roses and grape vines and I can assure you that none have taken on the characteristics of any of their grafted parts.
How about an article about nutritional value of “good” beer (it can be high in B vitamins) or the history of beer making an America (women were in charge of brewing for the household)?
PS- I make herbal tea from fresh hops – they contain humulone and lupulone which has sedative properties. Their vines are also easy to weave into decorative baskets.
J. Castro Valley, CA
Hi J. Nutritional value of beer? Good idea; I’ll put it in the hopper er…think about it. I have this great World War II poster on my beer refrigerator. It says “Guinness is good for you.” I know professional brewers who do the same thing with hops: vacuum seal and freeze them.Thanks for correcting my botany, too. It’s a weak area for me.I’ll have to try your husband’s beer some time. wb