What Are The Benefits of Cryo Hops

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The Hoppy Brewer in Gresham is your one-stop-shop for homebrew supplies, equipment, and ingredients. Find hops, barley, yeast, kegs, homebrew equipment, kegging equipment, a beer making kit, and even books on home brewing and beer recipes. We now offers Cryo Hops® for home brewers.  

Developed by Yakima Chief – Hopunion, Cryo Hops® represents the most innovative technology in hop processing. It uses a proprietary cryogenic separation process which preserves all components of each hop fraction, producing two simultaneous co-products, LupuLN2® and Debittered Leaf. Previously Cryo Hops® was only available for commercial brewers and the reviews have been positive.

Using Cryo Hops® has four primary benefits: 

  1. Enhancing Flavor/Aroma
  2. Process Efficiency
  3. Cost Savings
  4. Sustainability

How does it enhance flavor and increase efficiency? In Beer Advocate Magazine they interviewed Pinthouse, one of the first breweries to use Cryo Hops®, this is what they had to say: 

Pinthouse is one of several breweries that has already switched some of their hop contracts from pellets to powder. “The quality of the end product is significantly better. The thing that blew me away is it reminded me of standing in the baling room [on a hop farm], the freshness of it,” Mohrfeld says. “It is more intense, for sure. And the quality of that intensity is more nuanced.”

He adds about 5 pounds of hops per barrel to his flagship IPA. Because using the powder means less beer is absorbed by the green matter during dry hopping, the additional beer he gets from each batch more than offsets the expense, which costs about twice as much per pound. And while many factors affect yield improvement, Ruud says 4 percent has been about average.

Watch the video below as Beer Advocate breaks down the benefits of using Cryo Hops. If you are in the Portland or Gresham area come into The Hoppy Brewer and start to brew with Cryo Hops® today! Call 503.328.8474 to learn more.