« 24″ Stirring Spoon- plastic Mr. Beer Diablo IPA Home Brewing Beer Refill Kit » 3 thoughts on “For The Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops (Brewing Elements)” 24 of 28 people found the following review helpful Decent, but a bit dry, May 15, 2013 By mckracken – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: For The Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops (Brewing Elements) (Paperback) Like many of the other reviewers/ brewers, I bought this because I really enjoyed the YEAST book by Brewing Elements Series. I agree with one of the other reviewers that also gave it three stars, so I probably don’t need to re-hash that review since it was well written. A few reasons why I couldn’t pour over in the review: My main complaint is that I also found the material to be lacking in practical brewing information (compared to the yeast book which has all kinds of hands-on yeast lab set-up and technique, yeast handling and storage on a nano and macro level, temperature and oxygenation test results and graphs, etc…). The HOPS book is very well researched, but except for the clone recipes near the end of the book and the hop reference guide in the middle section, I just didn’t find it useful in my day to day brewing. The first half of the book is basically the history of hops, who grew them, and the genetic lineage of the different strains of hop plants (Cascade, Chinook, etc). Personally, I thought that while the writing is conversational, it jumps around a lot. It’s hard to specify without referencing multiple paragraphs and pages, but after a while I felt like all I was reading was “Japan…1952…Germany….USDA…..1910……Illinois…… Oregon State… …1988…..1985…..Chinook…..1966….Sierra Nevada. ….2004…….1955…..1970). You should already know that everyone tastes and smells and likes different beers/ hops for whatever reasons (environmental, genetic, conditioning, seasonal). I feel like this book really just re-emphasises that nobody can really put their finger on (or at least come to a consensus on) what exactly certain hops smell like, how exactly to get any particular flavor into your beer, or why exactly it happens. I feel like I kept reading (which I already know), that you just have to experiment with bases, hops, yeasts, timing of hop additions, and amounts to find the flavors you like. I’m paraphrasing of course, and I’m well aware that this is what makes brewing such an wonderful and exciting art form. I just expected a little more practical information from this book that I could immediately apply. It’s my fault that the history of the hops was less interesting to me. Still, I’m glad I read it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 22 of 26 people found the following review helpful As a home brewer I didn’t get that much out of the book, February 11, 2013 By B. Einhorn (New York City, NY United States) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: For The Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops (Brewing Elements) (Paperback) The book is well written and well researched. There is some interesting material on historical hops growing and research. But as a home brewer looking to improve my beer making I didn’t get that much out of the book. A lot of the material I’ve read elsewhere. Maybe that’s the problem, I’ve read a lot, so there wasn’t that much new material here that is useful to a brewer – though there is some. Not a bad book, just not what I was looking for. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 21 of 26 people found the following review helpful History Book, NOT a Practical Guide, August 3, 2013 By TopHatJesse – This review is from: For The Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops (Brewing Elements) (Paperback) If you’re into Stan Hieronymus’ style of journalistic, interview based writing, than this book may not be as disappointing to you. I also picked this book up as I finished “Yeast” in the same series, with hopes of gaining the same type of practical information on hops as I did on yeast. Just as he did in “Brew Like a Monk,” the author interviews tons of people and tries to express his point with short quotes or stories from the interviewee. It has tons of informational history on hops. But it seriously lacks any practical, hands on information on actual brewing (especially the home brewer). Take the chapter “Dry Hopping” as an example. In this chapter, the author talks about tons of machines that various breweries use to dry hop their beers. Being a lowly home brewer, I was hoping for a simple one or two pages about dry hopping in a carboy, maybe with different tips, tricks, or techniques. You could also make the same argument for the chapter called “Growing Hops.” Tons of interviews of hop growers telling anecdotal stories. Information for a home cultivator (which I am) in this chapter is non existent. I got more information from the Hop Farm I bought the rhizomes at. Bottom Line: This is not a Practical Guide for anything. If you love everything hops, this is probably a good read for you. If you are expecting tons of cool stuff to help you brew better beer, take a pass. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.