Suppression

Hops and beer

Category: Food

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

Hops are the female flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus.

The hop plant is a vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial, usually trained to grow up strings in a field called a hopfield, hop garden (nomenclature in the South of England), or hop yard (in "The West country" and U.S.) when grown commercially. Many different varieties of hops are grown by farmers around the world, with different types being used for particular styles of beer.

They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavor, though hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages.

They are also used in herbal medicine.

The first documented use of hops in beer as a flavoring agent is from the 11th century. Hops are used extensively in brewing for their antibacterial effect that favors the activity of brewer's yeast over less desirable microorganisms and for many purported benefits, including balancing the sweetness of the malt with bitterness, 'contributing a variety of delectable flavors and aromas.' Historically, traditional herb combinations for beers were believed to have been abandoned when beers made with hops were noticed to be less prone to spoilage.

And the very same things that help prevent beer from spoiing also provide a number of anti-viral properties that help us.

Background

In the Middle Ages beers tended to be of a very low alcohol content and were commonly consumed as a safer alternative to untreated water. Each village tended to have one or more small breweries with a barley field and a hop garden in close vicinity. Early documents include mention of a hop garden in the will of Charlemagne's father, Pepin III.

Method

 

Drink beer made with hops.  You don't need much.

How it works

Scientists are working on it.

Advantages

Are you joking?  Who needs any incentive to drink beer?

Disadvantages

Some beers are far too sugary and sweet and alcoholic, the benefits come from the low alcohol low sugar types.

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