Investigating the terroir-influenced quality attributes of hops (Humulus lupulus)

Research Date
2019
Authors
J Robert Sirrine
Priorities
Crop Quality, Product Development, Soil Health
Crop Categories
Hops
Beverage Categories
Beer

Research suggests that many factors influence hop aroma: genetics, environment, and production practices. Cultivar, alpha/beta acids, total oil, and Hop Storage Index are typical measures of hop quality; a key variable commonly omitted is geographic location/terroir. Because terroir can impact hop brewing values, more nuanced testing of hop oil profiles is necessary. This project seeks to utilize descriptive sensory and analytical techniques to determine how growing location may affect hop brewing values, which will help hop producers and brewers improve the quality and consistency of craft beer.

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