They say aged hops are cheesy… and that they are great for Lambics…

… but I’ve been reading up on hops and have found that brewers have actually use aged hops for non-Lambics…

There is a lot of information on brewing with aged hops when it comes to Lambics, but not so much when it comes to brewing non-Lambics with aged hops…

I assume it’s because it just doesn’t sound as sexy as brewing with fresh hops, but I think there may be something useful to be found here regardless…

So here’s the deal… aged hops are really used only for bittering and as preservatives to keep the beer stable…

When hops age, the alpha acids which normally bitter up beers, will turn into cheesy-like tasting compounds and lose bitterness…

… but the beta-acids will gain bittering properties and make up for the loss of bitterness from alpha acids…

Now I read forums where brewers would say… “cheese in my beer? no thanks…”

… and moved on without looking into the topic further taking someone elses word for it that it’s bad…

… yet that someone else probably didn’t even try it themselves… (a common occurrence I’ve found)

See, I started aging hops a few months ago to brew a Lambic at some point in the future…

I read up on the topic of aged hops and found some information that made me realize, we may have a paradigm here… where we only brew with fresh hops because that’s how things have always been done…

… but not entirely… after extended research I found that aged hops have been used in non-Lambic brewing…

… so I decided to try this out myself…

… see after aging hops, I realized that the cheesy characteristic goes away at some point…

… and I also realized that high alpha acid hops turn more cheesy than low alpha acid hops…

So I’m doing an experiment with Czech Saaz hops, which had just over 2% AA… I aged them and the first thing I expected to happen, did happen… the cheesy smell was

a) not as prominent as the other higher AA% varieties I started aging… and

b) the cheesy characteristic went away relatively fast…

There’s little information on hopping with aged hops so I’m starting to experiment and will be reporting soon…

In the mean time, here’s a video where I’m brewing with aged hops where you can see what brewing with aged hops look like…

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