Hopsteiner Newsletter 05/2019 – The International Bitterness Units test, IBU, was developed in the 1960’s to measure the iso-alpha acid concentration in beer. The test is a simple liquid-liquid extraction where 10 ml of beer is extracted with 20 ml of acidified isooctane by shaking the two in a test­tube for 15 minutes.

The 2018 Hopsteiner Guidelines are ready and will be available at BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg.

A few years ago, craft brewers in the northeastern part of the United States started to brew a different kind of beer. One full of massive hop flavor yet not very bitter. The beers also taste fruity or juicy and are incredibly hazy. So what did they do?

The crop estimate for the Hallertau was announced on August 23rd, meaning that crop 2018 estimates have now been submitted for all German hop growing areas.

The survey of hop acreage in 2018 is completed.

A few years ago, craft breweries from the Northeastern part of the United States started brewing a new type of beer they called New England IPA (NEIPA).This unique beer style is being copied by more and more breweries across the United States and parts of the world. The reasons could be that these beers contain a hoppy fruity flavor and are not very bitter.

The goal of the Hopsteiner breeding program is to develop competitive hop varieties for efficient and resource-saving hop growing and establish them on the relevant markets. The program was created to develop new, top quality, grower and brewer friendly as well as disease resistant hop varieties.

On Dec. 19, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture reported that US hop production for 2017 increased 20% from 2016, yielding a record 104 million pounds up from 87.1 million pounds in 2016. Acreage increased 3% in Washington, 1% in Oregon, and 24% in Idaho.

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