Here's the first edition of a new series of helpful hints for the homebrewer. I plan to make it a regular feature here. Many hints you will no doubt have already heard of, many will be new to you.
<P>If you like it, tell your friends. If you don't like it, tell me.
<P>Article One: Hops
<P>Weighing out & measuring hop pellets. First, make sure you have some sort of scale for weighing out hops. You can find them in the kitchen section of most stores. If you're really into precise measurements like I am, invest in a digital scale, like I did.
<P>Ok, enough said. On to storing the hops until you need them for brewing.
<P>Weigh out the amount of hops you need for bittering, aromas, flavoring, etc. Buy yourself some small round Gladware bowls, the 4 oz. size, with tight fitting lids. Mark the times you need for boiling the hops on the sides of the containers. 60 mins., 45 mins., what have you. Place your hops in the containers, and you'll have them ready to go when you need them. The best part of using the small bowls is that they are reusable, and washable.
<P>I paid $2.69 at Walmart for 8 of these small bowls. The bowls make for very convenient ways of adding your hops to the brewing cycle.