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Drying Hops Is A Careful Dance

A sea of hop popcorn, that’s what it looks like. A beer lover’s ball pit, perhaps.

For a place that’s oppressively hot, a hop-drying facility, or kiln, manages to be rather beautiful. Often football fields in length, the room brims with a beer ingredient we craft brewers cherish, and if there are skylights, majestic sunshine cascades in to make one big hop halo.

It’s a delicate beauty, though. A misstep in the kiln “is probably the easiest way to mess up a hop batch,” said Tom Nielsen, our in-house raw ingredients guru. Read more.

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