How to Use

Our Official Preferred Method:

  1. Shake it well
    The hop oil may separate in prolonged storage, so it’s always a good idea to shake it prior to use.

  2. Add 1~2 drops into a glass, then pour beer
    Hop oil is oil – it may kill the foam if dosed over the beer. By pouring beer over oil, it encourages better mixing and doesn't kill the foam. However, it is absolutely ok to dose it directly over beer, and no mixing is necessary.

  3. Smell the hop and enjoy!
    We all love to chug, but don't forget to smell the hop!

 

How much should I add?

One drop of Hop My Beer Hop Oil will add 5ppm of hop oil in 12oz of beer, or about 4ppm in 16oz. For you home brewers, this roughly translates to dry hopping 0.5oz of hop in a 5 gallon batch, which is enough to add a good note without dominating everything else.
You should be able to taste the difference with just one drop, and it’s often enough to freshen up the beer. But depending on the beer you may want to add more to balance with the overall flavor.
For those of you more mathematically inclined, here’s a table for different volumes of beer:

Beer (oz)
2
3
4
8
12
16
20

Hop (ppm)
32
20
16
8
5
4
3


What kind of hop should I add to what kind of beer?

Traditionally, we have English hops in English Ales, German hops in German lagers, and American hops in American beers. American light lagers tend to use either German hops or American hops. So you cannot really go wrong with either. That said, rules are meant to be broken, and modern craft brewers use a good mix of hops that have distinct notes. We encourage you to try different hops in different beers and have fun! We'd also love your feedback on the individual hop pages!

 

There are 11 basic hop characteristics, and here’s a general guide on how to pair them:

Fruity

English and American ales tend to be fruity from the ale yeasts, and you can never go wrong pairing them with a fruity hop.

Citrusy

Signature of American hops, citrus is always good in American pale ales. It also pairs wonderfully with certain American cult classic lagers and most light beers. And forget about the slice of orange, use citrus hop for wheat beers!

Stone Fruit

Peaches and prunes! These exotic hops are typically found in pale ales and IPAs, but it would also go wonderfully in darker malty beers like brown ales and porters, as well as in fruity spicy Belgian ales.

Tropical Fruit

Wonderful in Belgians, but believe it or not, it goes tremendously well in American light lagers!

Floral

A more delicate note that tends to be overpowered by bold malty beers, it is best suited in continental lagers and American light lagers.

Spicy

A traditional characteristic in old world hops, it balances the malty sweetness and yeast sulfur and makes the beer well rounded. It pairs well with all continental lagers as well as darker malty beers.

Herbal

A traditional characteristic in Noble hops, it is good in all continental lagers and English ales, and honestly, balances the piney citrusy American hops exceedingly well! You should definitely try it in American pale ales!

Piney

Dominant in some American hops and new generation European hops, the spicy piney note is very attractive in pale ales and IPAs. And if you are adventurous, try it in a roasty porter or stout!

Cedar

The spicy woody note is usually found in English ales, but blends wonderfully in hoppy American ales, dark malty beer, as well as wild beers!

Earthy

Like spiciness, earthy note balances the malty sweetness and yeast sulfur in continental lagers, but it also tones down fruity ales and adds complexity, making the beer more interesting.

Grassy

Typical in English hops and also in new generation hops, it adds fresh green notes to the beer. It blends smoothly in pale ales, but would make a fruity Belgian ale very interesting!



 

Other Uses

You can use Hop My Beer hop oils in other beverages as well. Try adding hop oils in ciders, FMBs, wine, or bourbon! It tastes awesome in bourbon!!