Hops Plant Types: How Many Hops Varieties Are There

By Liz Baessler Beer is officially made up of four ingredients: water, yeast, malted grain, and hops. Hops are the cone-shaped flowers of the female hops plant, and they are used to preserve the beer, clear it, help retain its head and, of course, gives it its classic bitter flavor. If you brew your own beer and you’re looking to get more involved in the process, growing your own hops is a great place to start. But how do you know which types of hops plants to grow? Keep reading to learn more about hops varieties and their uses. Hops Plant Types How many hops varieties are there? That’s a tough question to answer, because there are so many. There are about 80 different hops plant types commercially available today, but that number is not hard and fast. Beer brewing is a complex business, and new varieties are constantly being

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