Freezing hops could lead to a tastier beer

Freezing hops could lead to a tastier beer

Freezing hops could lead to a tastier beer

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 21 at 3:55 PM

BOISE -- A South Dakota man is trying to persuade a skeptical mix of hops farmers, food-freezing companies and brewers that he has a way to a produce a tastier beer.

The Idaho Business Review reports that Steve Polley through his company Dakota Hops wants to become a distributor of frozen hops grown in southwestern Idaho.

Polley says freezing the hops will preserve more flavor for breweries and result in a higher quality beer. He's been working with the Deschutes Brewery in Oregon to test his hops on some different batches.

But farmers say they're concerned freezing will turn the hops mushy.

Food processing specialist Jeff Kronenberg at Boise State University says higher-quality freezing could work, but commercial freezer owners will likely be unwilling to bring in aromatic hops that could taint other food.

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