Flavor and Efficiency: Exploring Different Hop Products in the Brewhouse Whirlpool

Craft Brewers Conference 2019
Location: Denver, Colorado
Speakers: Michael Visgil, Ross Koenigs

As the craft brewing industry seeks to become more efficient in brewing practices, the number of breweries who are considering alternatives to T-90 hop pellets to help improve process loss and maintain desired flavor output is growing. Such alternatives include, but are not limited to, reduced vegetation hop pellets and supercritical CO2 hop extracts. In an effort to better substantiate this growing interest by brewers, a comparative study was conducted at the New Belgium Brewing Company pilot plant to explore how Citra T-90 pellets, Citra T-45 pellets, and two Citra supercritical CO2 extracts perform in the brewhouse whirlpool. Points of emphasis of this study include brewhouse process loss, potential brewhouse savings, multi-site sensory analysis to extrapolate product flavor similarities and differences, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analytical comparisons, along with monoterpene and sesquiterpene assays.

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