Hop Survival in Beer with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #242

by Brad Smith on August 25, 2021 · 0 comments

Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss hop survivables, biotransformations, and understanding which hop oils survive the brewing process.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:41)

  • This week I welcome back Stan Hieronymus. Stan is an expert on hops and author of the books For the Love of Hops, Brew Like a Monk, Brewing Local and Brewing with Wheat (Amazon affiliate links).
  • We start with a discussion of what is meant when we talk about “survivables” and hops and what hop survivability means for beer.
  • We discuss the “Aroma unit” and why it never caught on.
  • Stan explains how there are over 1000 compounds in beer and only a small number of aroma compounds that are well understood at this point.
  • We talk about Yakima’s Survivable Compound Handbook and associated Poster which can be used as a guide to determine when its best to use certain varieties in the whirlpool or for dry hopping.
  • Stan tells us how we can take advantage of certain hop varieties and techniques to optimize aroma oil content while targeting certianoils.
  • We discuss the 7 major hop aroma compounds highlighted in Yakima’s handbook.
  • Stan talks about the importance of thiols and how our understanding of them has evolved recently.
  • He shares his thoughts on using both biotransformations and survivability to enhance the overal aroma of a finished beer.
  • Stan shares his closing thoughs and advice for homebrewers.


Thanks to Stan Hieronymus for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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