↠ Where can I buy beer hops online?

where to purchase beer hops


Where can I buy beer hops online?


If you know a thing or two about beer, you'll know that hops is so crucial to making good beer that the Germans made it the law for it to be an ingredient of beer.

You are of course free to make beer whatever way you like but you're probably going to want to buy hops for your home brew at some stage, especially as you begin to experiment with new tastes and flavours.


So there are two questions you should ask - what hops should I use in my beer and where can I purchase hops?



First we will talk about what hops to use in your beer. Certain kinds of hops are commonly associated with particular styles of beer or beer from certain regions.

It's really up to you, the power of buying and using hops is yours! (Did you read that in a Captain Planet voice?)

Here's some commonly used hops that you can buy:
  • Pilsner beers have became nearly synonymous with the four so called 'noble hops'. These are varieties of hop called Terrnanger, Spalt, Hallertauer and Saaz. 
  • Saaz hops are closely aligned with the brewing of lagers, mostly for the delicous aroma that has become associated with the beer. As an aside, pilsner beers are known as traditionally coming from the Czech Republic.
  • If you're looking for hops that might help your beer taste a bit like the classic New Zealand beer, Steinlager, you might buy Green Bullet hops. 
  • America, the land of the free beer drinker, has become a home for hop production and many new varieties from old favorites have been developed. American hops are recognized and appreciated all around the world for their bold, and often intense flavors they imbue in beer. American hops are often described as being citrus like, however that's a most elementary description. Cascade hops are a very popular choice.  Chinook is another popular 'north western' hop.
  • The English Golding hop has become the signature hops of English ale.
  • The Fuggle hop is another popular hop used for ale beer. 
That's all well and good but where can I buy hops? I need to purchase some saaz hops, man! Is it OK to buy hops online? Yes, Timmy, it sure is OK to buy hops online!

There's two ways to buy hops - in person or online. If you are going to do it in person, you need to find a local specialty beer brewing shop.

So get on to Google and have a snoop around or ask your mates at work, chances are they are homebrewers!

Or you can buy or hops online. There are a mega ton of sites out there but we reckon if you know what you want, just order hops from Amazon. There are plenty of reputable beer brewing equipment experts on there and between them, they have a large selection of the best hops to buy.

If you've bought some hops and are wondering how to use them, check out our guide.

↠ Making beer wort


When I first started making beer I was totally confused by the word 'wort' that I kept seeing everywhere. "Cool your wort quickly!" the internet said. Um what?

I now know that the beer wort is the starting point for making beer. It is the amber liquid extracted from malted barley.

In the most basic sense, you can describe the wort as unfermented beer.

Beer makers use the wort as the basis to which start the beer. Think of the wort as the base contents of the potion in a witch's cauldron.

As the witch adds 'eye of newt' and other goodies to her potion, the beer maker does the same by adding flavourings and hops to the wort to prepare a solution ready for fermenting.

beer wort, what is it?

So basically, the wort is just flat beer. 


Like making a cake, if you don't use the correct ingredients in the right proportions your cake fails, a wort needs to be properly prepared.

If you are making beer using a beer kit, then your wort is easily made simply by adding the content of the can to the required volume of hot water.

Boom, you have wort. You add to your beer potion, hops, and sugars such as dextrose or a beer enhancer

If you're boiling your own wort, it's more complicated. You the one who is in charge of making sure you have all the ingredients and that you boil them at the right time.

Mashing is required to turn the grains into sugars. The grains a mixed with malt and hot water for an hour or so in a mash tun. When the liquid is ready, it is 'sparged' from the mash and ready to be boiled. 

This is to extract the bittering, flavour and aroma from hops. This is critical if you want your beer to have the characteristics of beer!

The bittering hops are usually boiled in the wort for approximately one hour to one and a half hours. This long boil extracts resins from the hops which provides the bittering.

Near the end of the boil, flavouring hops can be added. Then, if you're fully on your beer brewing game, finishing hops are added last. This part of the wort boil extracts the oils which provide flavour and aroma.


Chill out, man


Once your wort is boiled it's now time to sparge the wort - that means to drain it from the grain mash.

and everything has gone to plan, the wort is chilled very quickly using a wort chiller.

Due to the temperature requirements of yeast, it needs to be at a temperature which will allow it to thrive. If you put your yeast into the just off the boil wort, you will kill the yeast and get flat beer.

It might taste nice but there won't be any alcohol in it either!

Brewers have a tough enough time trying to work out if their beer has fermented properly, so make sure you get that part of your beer brewing right!

Image credit to Alan Levine via Creative Commons Licence

↠ 7 tricks that make brewing beer a breeze

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7 tricks to make brewing beer a breeze

Here’s a selection of random tips for the experienced and not so experienced beer brewer. Some of these tips will suit your beer making style, some will not.

Some are nice to haves, some are things that even the most harden veteran must do (STERILIZATION!) and do every time they brew.

The beauty of making beer is that there are many ways to do things, but given that beer has been brewed for over 6000 years, the process of brewing beer is well-trodden and any shortcuts will lead you off the path of quality beer making.

Stick to your brewing instructions and recipes whilst bearing these hints and tricks in mind.

Get the bigger kettle or pot, in the long run you’ll save money


For many first homebrewers, the purchase is a starter equipment kit. Once they have that, all they need is a brew kettle or pot and ingredients. So they get the cheap, smaller size kettle – and then suddenly they find they want to keep going with beer making and so need to purchase the bigger kettle or brewing pot.

If you have in inkling you are going to do a bit of brewing, get the 5 or 8 gallon size unit, save the smaller ones for making jam! Big is better for most of your brewing equipment needs.

If you've got a pretty decent burner, it should be able to hold any sized pot or kettle.


O is for Oxygen, get that element away from your beer



Once your beer is ready to have the yeast pitched in, this is the last chance for oxygen to be exposed to the beer. Once the yeast is in, the fermenter needs to be properly sealed.

The presence of excess oxygen can result in poor smelling beer.

Allowing the fermenting beer to be exposed to oxygen can allow beer spoiling bugs and organisms such acetobactor to sour your beer by using the oxygen to ferment the alcohol into acetic acid – commonly known as vinegar. Keep your fermenter well sealed!

Same goes for bottling – try to avoid getting too many bubbles in the bottle as your pour.

It’s cool to cool your wort

Cool the wort quickly.

Doing this will increase the fallout of proteins and tannins that are bad for the beer.

It may also reduce the chance of infection occurring. Some brewers use immersion wort chillers as a relatively inexpensive investment that will improve the clarity and quality of your beer.

If doing a full batch boil, there’s not much choice, the wort should be cooled for maximum effect.

You may wish to consider investing in a wort chiller.


It’s not clean until its ALL clean



When we say clean we actually mean clean AND sterilized. Sterilize the heck out of everything you use. If you're starting out as a home brewer, your kit should contain a cleansing and sterilizing agent.

You NEED to make sure that at the very least your drum is fully clean and sterilized before your start your brewery process.

There is nothing more disappointing than going to bottle your brew and recognizing the scent of a bad brew that has been contaminated by nasty bugs.


You'd do best to brew an ale than a lager



The truth is that the darker the beer, the more forgiving it will be in the home brewing process.

It's very easy to make a mistake with your first homebrew so a beer style that's good to drink and is also easy to take care of is the brew you are after.

While you should feel free to start with a lager, and yes, many starter beer kits do come with lagers, bear in mind that lagers need to be cooled rather more quickly than an ale and they also require a bit more yeast in the fermentation process.


Use fresh beer making ingredients – it’s not a fancy suggestion at all



The importance of brewing with fresh ingredients cannot be overstated. The quality of home brewed beer can only be as good as the quality of the ingredients going into the brew kettle.

If you use old stock, you run the risk of your beer tasting like old socks. Pretty simple. This is especially true of the yeast that you use (it may lose it’s potency if too old) and hops.


Don’t listen to all the hacks that might be writing about beer (?)



Worrying obsessively about every little thing you read on the internet will not help your beer taste any better. Find a beer brewing guide you are happy with and just get on with it!

When you become a more regular and practised brewer you can start to think about things like digital ph testing of your wort and adding oak chips to your beer for flavor.
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