Hop Science Newsletter (January 2019)



20 years ago, the International Hop Standards Committee (IHSC) was founded to take care of the production, release and maintenance of HPLC calibration standards for use in the quantitative determination of various bitter components in hops, hop products and in beer. The new standard for Humulinones was prepared with the help of John Paul Maye, Bob Smith and Jeremy Leker. The validation procedure included a collaborative HPLC study in which the prospective new standard was crosschecked
against a high purity, DCHA-humulinones standard. So go ahead and find your humulinones.1¹


Most breweries have gained a lot of experience in dry hopping, knowing which set up for dry hopping leads to a certain dry hop flavour, mostly using a solid-liquid separation technique. These German Researchers look into the properties of hop filter cakes and the relevant operational parameters for the separation of hop particles from beer. With the aim that these findings may directly help breweries reduce the duration of dry hopping while increasing the product yield. The considerable swelling volume of hop pellets is favourable for aroma extraction due to the surface area increase of the primary particles. Swelling of the pellets at higher temperatures accelerates this step as well as disintegration. However, performing filtration at higher temperatures can reduce the permeability
remarkably, thus justifying cold extraction. Given the compressibility of the hop filter cake, low operating pressures are also beneficial. If yeast cells are present, the pressure drop rises, so the operational parameters might need to be adjusted. Just as in real life, good dry hopping requires a lot of compromises…²


Dedicated to Dr. Koen Goiris, who passed away in 2017, this Belgium research group published an extensive overview about everything there is to know about alpha acid and its isomerization. From the biosynthesis of bitter acids in the hop plant, the solubility properties of alpha acids in wort and beer, to the reaction mechanisms and kinetics of converting alpha acids into iso-alpha acids — all relevant research and publications are summarized here. And as the authors say and I agree “this review paper will help scientists to find their way and discover new things in the fascinating field of hop research.”3

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1. Biendl, M, Forster, B.: New International Calibration Standards, Brewing Science
Sep/Okt 2018, https://www.brewingscience.de/index.php?tpl=table_of_
2. P. M. Bandelt Riess, Characterizing the Filtration Behavior of Hop Particles for
Efficient Dry Hopping Methods. BrewingScience, 71 (September/October
2018), pp. 74-80 https://www.brewingscience.de/index.php?tpl=table_of_
3. B. Jaskula-Goiris, L. De Cooman and K. Goiris, Humulus Lupulus: Hop Alpha-acids
Isomerization A Review, Brewing Science, 2018 https://www.brewingscience.de/index.

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