Welcome to my new blog, The Hop Whisperer. I've jumped into the homebrewing hobby feet first over the past few years. In that time I've learned quite a bit of useful info through others, and more importantly, through my own experimentation. I plan on sharing what I can through this blog.
I've been an avid craft beer fan for the past two decades. I've spent quite a bit of time honing my palate (see my Critical Tastings blog for some of my tasting notes on commercial beers, as well as chocolate, coffee and a few other things), so picking up homebrewing was a natural extension of that. Honestly, even if I were never to brew another batch of beer, what I've learned from homebrewing has increased my appreciation of beer a hundredfold.
IPA's have long been one of my favorite beer styles, so I immediately started gravitating to hoppy styles when I started homebrewing. I've done a lot of experimenting with different hop varieties, "hopping up" styles that traditionally aren't quite so hop-forward, and pushing the boundaries of what would be considered sane hopping levels. But I'm not solely into hops. I also really enjoy the recipe design aspect of homebrewing, including recipes that fall outside the boundaries of the common beer styles. Hopefully, there will be a little something here for everyone, hophead or not.