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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.

Click here for help with HopShot IBU calculations.

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Not my thing...but...
I've had two batches using hopshots now and, for me, both were ruined by it. In fact, I couldn't drink anything with an IPA tag for a while. It'll wreck your pallet. I've rated it a 3 because I recognize that my pallet isn't yours. It does its job exceptionally well. But I just can't get through how much more it bitters your beer than standard hopping.

So, if you've yet to have a bitter-enough beer and just want something that will punish you with bitterness, try this out. But if you've ever had an IPA too bitter for your tastes, I'd avoid it and stick with regular hops.
February 25, 2018
hopshot first time
I just used the hopshot on August 25 will bottle the beer. I did taste the wort and tasted great, I am making a American Pale Ale. I substituted Chinook hops that go in on the 60 minute boil. Will be nice to finally taste the beer after it is conditioned.

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August 19, 2017
11 months ago
Very hard to dissolve
Only consider this if you are adding to boiling wort. Post-boil additions result in extract not dissolving (and then sticking to the sides of the fermenter, hops bag, and any tools it comes in contact with. Also would not dissolve in boiling water.

Very hard to clean residue (PBW helped some, but did not remove completely). Finally found that Go-jo hand cleaner would remove from tools and hands.
April 6, 2017
1 year ago
Hopshot happiness
Hopshot is amazing. I've used them several times in different batches of brew. It provides a quality bittering without adding much to the overall flavor allowing the flavoring hops to truly do their job as well as allowing the late additions and dry-hopping to truly shine.
April 5, 2017
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
Stuff tastes great!!Well done!Where/how is it synthesized?
October 13, 2016
Customs distribution
Any support documents? In orden to get it through customs?
September 21, 2016
Everything went as expected!
August 18, 2016
Great way to hop for
Great way to hop for bittering! Love using it at the beginning of my boil.
July 19, 2016
works like a charm
I work at a local brewery part time, and just started home brewing a little while ago. That being said, spoke with my brewmaster about this extract, and he and i both agree this works like a charm for bittering. May want to additionally dry hop for more aroma.
April 6, 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.
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
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!
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!

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 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

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