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ASBC Methods of Analysis - Hops-12: Hop Storage Index (HSI)

ASBC Methods of Analysis

Hops

Hops-12
Hop Storage Index (HSI)

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Summary
When hop cones or hop products are subjected to prolonged or inappropriate process and storage conditions, an oxidative decrease has been observed in both α- and ;Β-acids content and has been found to be variety dependent. The loss coincides with a progressive increase in the ratio of absorbance at 275 nm (A275) to 325 nm (A325) when the alkaline methanol extract is evaluated with a UV spectrophotometer. Such loss in α- and ;Β-acids and increases in the hop storage index (HSI) ratio may reflect unfavorably on the utility and quality of the hops in brewing. This method calculates the HSI.