From the HBD Archive
From: (Mark Stevens) <stevens@stsci.edu>
Subject: re: Volume vs. weight measurement
Date: 1990-02-27 15:33:54 GMT

In Homebrew Digest #365, Dick Dunn discussed some of the problems in
converting measurements:
Dick is absolutely right that you can't measure whole hops (or even
pellets) by the cup. In addition to the problems he discussed is
the variable amount of bitterness between hops from year to year or
grower to grower. Since reading Dave Miller's "Complete Handbook"
I've been paying more attention to alpha units than to quantities
and have begun applying his methods for determining how much of any
given hops to add to a batch of beer. This lets me tweak the recipe
more reliably and better duplicate a batch of a particularly good beer.
I've also started experimenting with some of the higher-AAU hybrids,
with good results in some beers, such as in an IPA.
- ---Prost,
Mark Stevens
stevens@ra.stsci.edu

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