History and origins of hop
What is it for?
The scientific name of hops is Humulus – given its passion for humid places – lupulus – for its unhealthy habit of strangling the plants on which it climbs, just like a wolf with its prey.
Hops were used – already by the Romans – for its healing properties, and for this reason it appeared in the official texts of phytotherapy towards the tenth century, where it was reported as a remedy for various diseases.
Around the 1500s, hops began to be of fundamental importance for European economies, to the point that it surpassed in importance, and not for a short time, the trade in wine and oil, as it carved out a place among the four key ingredients of beer together water, yeast and malt.
And it is precisely in 1516 that Duke William IV of Bavaria issued what is still known today as the Purity Law, the content of which sanctioned the exclusive use of water, barley and hops for beer.
Hops have been used in beer production since the Middle Ages and nowadays there are no beers produced without it. In addition to having bitter and flavoring properties, hops are also a powerful antiseptic, that is, it prevents the formation of infections during the fermentation process and helps the beer to preserve its freshness. It is therefore no exaggeration to say that, without hops, we would not be able to enjoy a fresh pint so easily.
And without Grifo’s cappers and filling machines, what would we do? We couldn’t keep our home-made beer at its best!
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