What is hops?

Hops are a "Humulus Lupulus" plant whose flowers – commonly referred to as "cones" – are used in the manufacture of beer alongside malts, yeasts and water in particular. They allow you to keep the beer while bringing different flavors. Without hops, this is not beer but beer.

How does hops grow?

Hops is a perennial vine wrapping around a rack up to 12m high for the larger varieties. It grows between 35 ° and 55 ° parallel, in slightly acidic soils and requires a significant amount of water and sun to feed the large amount of organic matter it will produce.

In the Northern hemisphere, the foot is dormant under the Earth during the winter months. In the spring, young shoots emerge and the most vigorous of them are selected to become the vines producing hops. The vine grows first in height and once its height is reached, it produces the lateral stems that will produce the fruit. The harvest is from the end of August to September.

Ingested, can hops be dangerous to animals?

Accidental ingestions have shown symptoms of poisoning: abnormal respiration, anxiety, palpitations, fever, vomiting and sometimes death if symptoms are not treated quickly.

If in doubt, contact a veterinarian or poison control centre immediately. Cats and dogs are the most affected by these disorders.

Anti-Poison Centers:

  • Angers: 02 41 48 21 21
  • Bordeaux: 05 56 96 40 80
  • Lille: 0800 58 58 58
  • Lyon: 04 72 11 69 11
  • Marseille: 04 91 75 25 25
  • Nancy: 03 83 22 50 50
  • Paris: 01 40 05 48 48
  • Strasbourg: 03 88 37 37 37
  • Toulouse: 05 61 77 74 47

What are alpha acids?

  • Alpha acids have an antibacterial effect essential to the preservation of beer, which has a peculiarity not to alter the yeasts, essential to fermentation.
  • Alpha acids are one of the most important aspects when it comes to brewing; They are mainly the ones who bring bitterness to the beer. To edit a simple rule: the more alpha acids in the beer, the more bitter it will be. And we are talking here of a bitter "hard", one that feels strongly in the back of the tongue and in the bottom of the mouth. They have an important role in the flavors of brew.
  • Alpha acids are not really soluble in water and therefore need to be extracted from hops. They are released when the hops end, hops can remain between 60 and 90mn for the alpha acids to be isomerized and thus released. Isomerization is a chemical process that occurs when the resins contained in the hops boil, creating a slightly acidic environment. This transforms alpha acids into ISO-alpha acids that are soluble in water, thus entering the composition of beer and adding bitterness and, although to a lesser extent, flavors to beer.
  • Hops can contain up to 15% alpha acid. Some will go up to 17%, but it gives an idea. '% AA ' refers to the% of Alpha acids contained in hops. So-called "aromatic" hops generally have less than 5% alpha acid.

SOURCE: Hop variety Handbook, Dan Woodske & growing your own hops, malts, and brewing herbs, John Peragine

What are beta acids?

  • Beta acids are not released at the time of boiling, but during fermentation of the beer, by oxidation. They also add bitterness and change the flavors of beer. Otherwise, the more the smug acids are, the more the taste of beer will evolve as it grows older. For information or recall, and depending on the type of beer and the recipe used, a beer can be stored from a few months to several years.
  • Hops with a high level of smug acids are rather the aromatics, which are put at the end of boiling to prevent the essential oils from evaporating.
  • Hops can contain up to 15% beta acids

SOURCE: Hop variety Handbook, Dan Woodske & growing your own hops, malts, and brewing herbs, John Peragine

What is the International Bitterness Unit (IBU)?

The bitterness of beer is measured in a unit called International Bitterness units (IBUs), which is a weight per million (ppm) of Isohumulone, one of the alpha acids of hops. The higher the rate, the more bitter the beer will be.

Warning: This does not mean that it will not also have strong aromas (nose) or important flavors (tastes)!

When the IBU is around 60-70, it is considered to be high – the most commercial beers are around 16 –, beyond 150, it is a hell of an experience for the palate!

SOURCE: Hop variety Handbook, Dan Woodske & growing your own hops, malts, and brewing herbs, John Peragine


Why Organic hops?

Because the quality of our environment and the preservation of natural resources are not negotiated, at HOPSTORE we offer only quality hops, having been

Why HOPSTORE does not have French organic hops?

As it is currently structured, the production of organic hops in France is emerging. There are small plots that allow the local breweries and "brewery farms" that produce the hops they use to be fed live. In both cases, hops cannot be found on Hopstore stalls. However, the production of French organic hops is growing and we will be happy to offer it to you as soon as possible. If you have any, do not hesitate to Contact!

Why HOPSTORE only offers pellet hops?

Hopstore's ambition is to expand the range of its products. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer you cones (or leaf hops), extract, etc. The sector is gradually structured, on the side of organic hop producers as consumers – we will do our best to follow these developments.

What are the packages offered by HOPSTORE?

In order to meet the widest needs, Hopstore offers pellets in the following packagings:

100g, 250g, 500g, 1kg, 2.5 kg and 5kg

Is there a minimum order?

100g is the minimum you can buy on Hopstore.

How can I buy organic hops at HOPSTORE?

By ordering directly on-line on the site: go to our Store!

How long can I keep my hops?

Properly stored (protected from air, light and refrigerated space), your hops will be easily kept for 3 years. Beyond that, they can still be used but may have lost their properties, especially aromatic.

It is also possible to store it hermetically in your freezer, taking only what you need, as you are able to.

Why aren't there more varieties on HOPSTORE?

As you know (perhaps), sourcing is a tricky activity regarding organic hops. This is what makes the service we offer you, it is also its main constraint. We are doing our best to continually expand our catalog.

To be informed. E of new arrivals and supplies, come back to see us or more simply, sign up for the Newsletter!

Why are some hops Sold Out?

For three simple reasons:

1/As with all agricultural production – and even more so with organic production methods – production is highly dependent on climatic conditions, some years are better than others;

2/Organic Hop production is developing worldwide but still low to date;

3/It remains difficult to match supply and demand.

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How HOPSTORE stores and ships hops?

Hops are sensitive to air and light.

In order to preserve the properties, aromas and flavors, they are kept under vacuum in opaque paper to protect them from oxygen and light, at a constant temperature of 4 °c.

Why are the cartons used for shipments not new?

This is part of the actions we put in place to limit the impact of our activity on the environment. We prefer to reuse cartons in good condition rather than using new cartons. We thus preserve raw materials (those used for the manufacture of cartons), lengthen the life of the products (instead of being destroyed after a single use, the cartons have with HOPSTORE a second life) by limiting thus the Waste production. Everyone can contribute to the preservation of our environment is not it? 🙂

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