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HopShot is CO2-extracted hop resin that can be used for bittering or late additions to boiling wort — treat it just like leaf or pellet hops added during the boil.


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HopShot is CO2-extracted hop resin that can be used for bittering or late additions to boiling wort — treat it just like leaf or pellet hops added during the boil. The HopShot syringe contains 5 milliliters of extract. One milliliter of HopShot yields approximately 10 IBUs in 5 gallons of 1.050 wort when boiled for 60 minutes. Test batches indicate that this bitterness may be slightly less agressive on the palate than your average hop addition.

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Great hop addition
This stuff works great!, for bittering or late hop addition and easy to use just wish I knew what type of hops were in it! I think cascade maybe some nugget and cluster.
July 30, 2014
Seems like there is a lot of product variability. Last hopshot I received was black as tar rather than golden brown.
Hop shots are a great option for a calibrated bittering addition, but beware the high degree of variability in the product you receive. My last hopshot was so black in color that I honestly couldn't read the black measures on the syringe. While the golden brown hop extract provides a nice clean bitterness, the blackened product seems more like the residue left in the bottom of the kettle. Much more harsh, with an aged or oxidative character. Unfortunately not an inexpensive gamble if you need a few of these and have to toss some of them.
February 9, 2016
Fantastic product
I've used this in many American styles for the bittering and even for a 20 minute addition in IPAs where I finish with plenty of flame out hops. The cost savings is great but more important to me is the reduction in hop material sucking up my wort.My only complaint is it only comes in one size. I'd love to have buy 10 or 20 ml versions.
October 21, 2014
Effective at bittering and not
Effective at bittering and not too much
October 15, 2015
Would buy again
Worked great, the beer was bitter. Hard to clean off brew kettle. Other than that ????
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February 21, 2017
9 months ago
I used these for the FWH and bittering addition for my Pliny the Clone recipe. Works wonderfully, very hoppy and produced a hoppy tasty beer. Recommended!
September 22, 2012
WOW! Does wonders
I loved it, it was super easy, added great bitterness and made one of the best beers I've ever made. I added 1 syringe for 60 minutes plus one oz of simcoe at 30 minutes to a 6 gallon boil then added 4 gallons of top up water. Worked great!
December 3, 2015
Everything went as expected!
August 18, 2016
Stuff tastes great!!Well done!Where/how is it synthesized?
October 13, 2016
Great way to hop for
Great way to hop for bittering! Love using it at the beginning of my boil.
July 19, 2016
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Do these have expiration dates? I am thinking of ordering a bunch at once but not if they expire quickly.
V I on Oct 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Use with one year of purchasing

store in the fridge to extend their shelf life.

Cheers! James J.
Does anyone know what types of hops are used in this product? Also what should a person expect if they use it later in the boil, are we still going for aromatics at that point?
Jordan C on Dec 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: the hop flavor is not the best so I would only use them for bittering additions - that will be the benefit to using the extracted oils. There are different steam distilled hop extracts that are designed for flavor but we only carry these bittering shots. They are made from high alpha acid hops and are not rated as made from any one specific variety. I thought the aroma was most similar to Columbus. That is the substitution we use in things like the plinian 1 gallon recipe kit. The 5 gallon calls for the hopshot but the 1 gallon has to rely on whole hop pellets so we use columbus and it gets the right effect. I hope this helps!
can you add hop shot to fermenting wort like dry hopping rather than to the boil?
A shopper on Dec 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You could, but it would be a totally inappropriate use of a hop shot. A hop shot is intended strictly for bittering, to add IBUs to a beer and not for flavor or aroma. Thus a hop shot is customarily added at the beginning of the boil. Dry hopping is done to add flavor and aroma to a finished beer, not bitterness, so using a hop shot at this stage would make no sense and could potentially ruin a beer. Hope that explanation makes sense Cheers!
how is this aroma? does it have a nice strong smell? thank you :)
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The "Hop Shots" are not so useful for "aroma" ,,, but work gangbusters for bitterness. I have even used them in a secondary to balance an overly sweet barley wine, and they are very effective in that application. These are good, but they aren't a substitute for a late addition or a dry hop.
Does this need to boil? I have a beer that is lacking bitterness and wondering if I can add this during or post fermentation.
A shopper on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's a concentrated syrup so it may not dissolve well in cold beer - but basically you can use it the same way you use normal hops. Adding post boil is considered dry hopping and doesn't typically add much AA for IBU bitterness but rather imparts aroma and floral hoppiness. You could experiment with boiling it in a small amount of water and adding that back to your wort
If I only use Hop Shot (no other hops) is the finished beer light stable?
A shopper on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The industry indicates that it acts exactly like any other form of hops. I've not made an Hop Shot only batch but my experience with it in the the boil at large doses has been great.
What is the alpha % for the hop shot?
A shopper on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there,
You can use this to figure out the IBUs http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/hopshot.pdf
What is the best way to store it until brew day?
Michael S on Oct 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I put mine in the freezer. Put it in the fridge a couple days before brew day and you should be good to go.
Has anyone tried using this as a FWH addition? Any reason not to try that?
L O on Oct 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not really the best flavor from the hop shot

though I think it smells awesome. It's main benefit is for 60 or 90 minute bittering additions.
Are the wort gravity guidelines in the chart the pre-boil gravity or the post-boil OG?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Post boil ( Original Gravity is alway post boil)
What grade, chemically speaking, does this product fall under? It's commercially available, so I'm gonna guess food grade?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is food grade hop extract.
Hi, What year is this hops ?
M A on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's hard to say with hop oil extracts, and it does not matter much, really. The hop oils can be stored longer than whole or pelleted hops, and so the crop-year is not usually marked on the packages we get. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
On the pdf, it gives the IBU chart for a 5 gallon wort. If I were to do a 5 gallon batch with a 3 gallon boil size, do I calculate the IBUs for the 3 gallon wort or use the chart since it's 5 gallons?
I B on May 3, 2016

That's a great question! You would use 3 gallons since that is your boil size. Hop utilization does increase slightly as your boil size increases. Thanks for the question!


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