No matter what hop variety or method of use you opt for in your next brewing experiment, it goes without saying that having the freshest hops is paramount to getting the best flavour and aroma in your beer. Sure, the best way to achieve this is to brew with freshly picked whole cone hops, but that's a luxury not even the pro brewers can indulge in all year round. Fortunately for brewing enthusiasts, hop growers are constantly working on new methods that would allow them to preserve the most aromatic oils, alpha acids, and other essential substances that make up that make up the flavour and aroma of hops for the longest time possible. The result of one of such research undertakings are Cryo Hops.
Cryo Hops, as you can guess from the name, are hop pellets that are produced through a process of freezing the fresh hop cones. The low temperature and lack of any chemical manipulations allow to preserve a large amount of aromatic oils and a fairly high quantity of alpha acids, especially compared with traditional T90 hop pellets. The result is a product that is as close to a fresh whole cone hop as you can get, and you'll certainly feel the difference after brewing with Cryo Hops just once. Shop around Canuck Homebrew Supply for the most popular hop varieties in the new commercial form and see the difference for yourself!