Random Hop Facts

I love hops. They are an acquired taste but once you acquire it, you want more. More and more. Let’s cover some random facts about hops today.

Hops keep chickens healthy
Chicken guys were a primary source for meat contamination until scientists discovered that adding hops to a coop’s diet will prevent pathogenic bacteria from infecting the chickens’ stomachs and intestinal tracts just as effectively as lo-level antibiotic treatments.

They are your homebrew’s best friend.

Hops can be toxic to dogs.
Keep your hops away from your dogs. When a canine consumes hops it causes malignant hyperthermia, which may lead to dangerously high temperatures or even death.

Farmers in the Appalachian region use hops as a sleep aid.
When insomnia strikes, they fill their pillows with hops to help them snooze. Other known medicinal properties include healing flesh wounds, curing syphilis and when smoked, improving symptoms of glaucoma.

I’m not sure about smoking them and not every likes the aroma of hops but if you do, I can see how it soothing.

When hops are fresh off the vine, they have 70% moisture and can mold within three days.
I like to keep my fresh hops in the freezer in air tight bags.

The hop bine is a perennial flowering plant that can take up to three years to mature.

Hops were first added to beer to keep it from spoiling, not for flavour
when brewers realized hops had antiseptic powers they were able to lower alcohol content in their beers, which meant they didn’t have to use as much grain – so production costs were lower, and profits were higher.

The first documented hop yard dates back to the year 736, and was found on a monastery in Bavaria.

There are two main hop types – bittering and aroma.
Bittering hops have a higher concentration of alpha acids and are mostly responsible for the bitter flavor in beer. Aroma hops have a lower concentration of alpha acids and contribute to aroma and non-bitter flavours.

Germany is the only country in the world producing more hops than the U.S. with 43,818 acres dedicated to the crop. (The U.S. has 30,016 acres)

The majority of the world’s commercial hop production occurs between latitudes 35 and 55 degrees, either north or south of the equator because day length during the growing season has a major effect on yield.

Hop vines can grow up to one foot a day.