Preparation of light stable hops

Disclosed are methods for the production of light stable hops, useful for the brewing of beer or ale to be stored in clear or green glass containers, which beer or ale will not develop objectionable flavor as a result of exposure to light. Light stable hops are prepared by double extraction of liquid/supercritical CO2 extracted hop solids with ethanol to remove alpha/iso-alpha-acids. Such alpha/iso-alpha-acids may be further removed from the ethanol extraction liquor obtained in the double extraction process by subjecting such liquor to an ion exchange medium, or precipitation by a metal ion, heavy metal ion, or alkali metal ion, to provide an alpha/iso-alpha-acids free extraction liquor which may be added to the light stable hops residue obtained in the initial double extraction process.

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This application is a divisional of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/106,603 filed Mar. 26, 2002.


Not applicable.


1. Field of the invention

This invention relates to the treatment of hop solids which is the residue remaining after liquid or supercritical CO2 extraction, and produces a hop product which imparts not only hop flavor and mouthfeel indistinguishable from original whole hops, but also provides light stability and flavor variations in malt beverages. Such treated hop solids can contribute hop flavor and mouthfeel to beer with low bitterness. However, a residual amount of alpha/iso-alpha-acids, which causes light instability in finished malt beverages, is still present in the hop solids. The present invention is directed to the preparation of light stable hop products, containing little or no alpha/iso-alpha-acid, for providing hop flavor and character for beer products which may be packaged in flint, clear, or green bottles.

2. Description of the Related Art

Hops, in the form of either the ground dried plant or pellets, are used in brewing to give malt beverages such as beer or ale their essential characteristics of aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and bitterness, as well as contributing foam and anti-microbial activity to the brew. The hops are usually added to the boiling wort in the brewing kettle, and then fermented by yeast to produce the finished product. During boiling, alpha-acids in the hops are converted into iso-alpha-acids, which contribute the bitterness and foam in the finished product. Such iso-alpha-acids are, however, susceptible to a photochemical reaction which produces “skunk”, an undesirable sulfur flavor characteristic resulting from the presence of 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol. This reaction is known to occur when the finished product is packaged in flint or green bottles and exposed to light.

Hops may be separated into hop soft resins, i.e. CO2 hop extract (containing the extracted alpha-acids, beta-acids, and hop oil fraction or HOF), and hop solids, by employing liquid/supercritical CO2 or less-polar organic solvent extractions. The CO2 hop extract contributes most of the bitterness flavor in beer. Beer brewed solely with the CO2 hop extract does not impart a complete hops flavor spectrum to the beer due to the absence of the water-soluble components, which apparently remain in the hop solids. The bitterness flavor can also be added as pure forms after fermentation or in the finished products. To integrate the full spectrum of hop flavor would thus require the addition of hop solids to the brew, but the hop solids have been found to contain trace amounts of alpha/iso-alpha-acids, which, due to lack of light stability, contribute to skunkiness in beer. Therefore, to obtain the full flavor of the hops while avoiding skunkiness in beer, light stable hops would be of value.

It is known that there are a number of U.S. patents relative to this matter, such as Ting et al. U.S. Pat. No. 5,783,235, which teaches the preparation of a hop flavored, less bitter fermented beverage by addition of the solid hop residue remaining after CO2 extraction (as the sole hopping agent) to the wort, boiling the mixture, removing the solids from the fermented mixture, and fermenting the remainder to obtain the final product. While this method does provide a brew having less bitterness but a comparable hop flavor to a brew prepared using whole hops, it does not fully address the issue of iso-alpha-acids present in the solid hop residue. In a preferred embodiment of the Ting et al. '235 method, the solid hop residue and the hop oil fraction (HOF), which is the residue of a hop extract remaining after removal of alpha-acids and beta-acids from the hop extract obtained from the CO2 extraction, are pelletized and added to the wort prior to or during boiling. After the mixture is boiled and fermented with yeast to convert the hop components and the wort, the solids are then separated to obtain the liquid product. Since the solid hop residue is present in the brewing kettle, iso-alpha-acids are present in the final brew, potentially leading to an undesirable skunk flavor.

Ting et al., in U.S. Pat. No. 5,767,319, teach conversion of iso-alpha-acids to light stable tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids, which are known bittering agents. While an improvement over previous conversion methods, the patent necessitates additional treatment steps to obtain specified metal salts of the iso-alpha-acids, dissolving the metal salts in an aqueous alcohol medium, and reducing the iso-alpha-acids by hydrogenation under specific conditions to form the tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids, which are then recovered from the reaction medium. Such a method clearly adds complexity to the desired goal of providing a light stable form of hops.

In addition, Ting et al. teach, in U.S. Pat. No. 6,020,019, a method for the hydrogenation of hop soft resins, wherein carbon dioxide is used as a reaction solvent, in liquid or supercritical fluid form, for the conversion of iso-alpha-acids or beta-acids to tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids (tetrahydroisohumulones), preferably using an acidic lower alcohol to act as a promoter for the beta-acids. As previously indicated, tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids are known light-stable FDA-approved bittering agents which may be used to add hop flavoring to beer. In this patent, it was noted that the tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids were previously generally not made from the alpha-acids for economical reasons. The hydrogenation method of this patent permits the use of alpha-acids as a source of tetrahydroiso-alpha-acid for use in brewing.

Additional patents to Ting et al. include U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,523,489, 5,874,633, and 5,917,093. In these patents, methods for the preparation and/or purification of tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids (tetrahydroisohumulones) are discussed. In U.S. Pat. No. 5,523,489, tetrahydroisohumulones are prepared from isohumulones by hydrogenation in ethanol. In U.S. Pat. No. 5,917,093, alpha-acids and beta-acids present in the hop oil fraction of CO2 Hop Extracts are purified by mixing with an absorbent to remove catalyst poisons, thereby reducing the amount of catalyst necessary for hydrogenation to tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids and tetrahydrodesoxy-alpha-acids. In U.S. Pat. No. 5,874,633, patentees teach a method of hydrogenating and formulating a starting solution of iso-alpha-acids to obtain concentrated solutions of tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids.

In U.S. Pat. No. 5,972,411, Goldstein et al. teach the isolation and characterization of a group of odorless and non-volatile glycosides from extracted hops (hop solids which have previously been extracted with liquid/supercritical CO2 or less-polar solvents.) These glycosides are water soluble and consist of a group of aromatic compounds conjugated to mono-, di- and tri-saccharides. These glycosides are responsible for the formation of kettle hop flavor. Through both chemical and biological transformations, an essence and flavorant can be prepared for addition to an unhopped beer. These kettle hop flavor essences and flavorants provide economy, consistency, flexibility, quality and convenience to the brewing process because only one unhopped wort is required to brew a stock of unhopped beer, which can then be dosed with the desired amount of kettle hop flavor essence and flavorant.

In U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,013,571 and 5,013,572, Hay teaches methods for converting alpha acids to hop bittering flavors by exposing the alpha acids to an environment capable of isomerizing and reducing the alpha acids to form either tetrahydroiso-alpha-acids or hexahydroiso-alpha acids, and then steam stripping odor forming impurities from such to produce purified light stable hop bittering compounds.

In addition to the above, U.S. Pat. No. 4,002,683, of Todd, Jr., teaches a process for isomerizing alpha acids to iso-alpha-acids by contact with an aqueous solution of a metal ion to form materials suitable for use as bittering additives, wherein a water-immiscible organic solvent in which the alpha acid is soluble is employed. Todd, Jr., also teaches, in U.S. Pat. No. 4,666,731, the separation of the constituents of CO2 Hop Extracts employing aqueous alkali, followed by conversion of the separated alpha acid fraction into an iso-alpha acid or isohumulone fraction useful in the bittering of beer. Moreover, Todd, Jr. et al. teach, in U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,778,691 and 4,956,195, the removal of odor-forming impurities from hop flavors by extracting into water at a pH above 5, and separating the aqueous phase containing the impurities from the purified hop flavors, to recover a flavoring agent selected from unreduced and reduced alpha acids and iso-alpha-acids which is essentially odor-causing-impurity free. And, in U.S. Pat. No. 5,073,396, Todd, Jr. teaches the use of a non-acidic hop flavor fraction for production of beer, wherein the hop flavor fraction is made from CO2 hop extract to provide an extract essentially devoid of alpha and beta acids, by fractionation of the hop extract with an alkaline solution within controlled pH ranges. In U.S. Pat. No. 5,296,637, Stegink et al. teach production of odor-free tetrahydroisohumulates from alpha acids via the tetrahydrohumulates and subsequent isomerization.

Thus, there are a number of processes for the preparation, separation, purification, and use of hop bittering flavors for beer. However, a method for the production of light stable hops containing little or no alpha/iso-alpha-acids, which also imparts hop aroma and flavor to the brewing of beer equivalent to or comparable to the aroma and flavor attained from the use of conventional hops, has not previously been provided.


The present invention provides means for providing light stable hops which impart hop aroma and flavor to beer, without the potential for light sensitivity resulting in skunkiness. Several techniques have been employed to prepare light stable hops, which were evaluated by sensory testing for light stability and acceptable hop flavor attributes. These techniques included exhaustive extraction (double extraction, or DX) of hop solids to obtain a basic hop residue and an extract containing most of any trace alpha/iso-alpha-acids; applying an ion exchange removal of the alpha/iso-alpha-acids in the extract from said double extraction, followed by return of the effluent from said ion exchange to the residue of the double extraction, and concentration of this mixture to obtain a more flavorful light stable hop; and utilizing a metal ion precipitation treatment removal of alpha/iso-alpha-acids in the extract from said double extraction, followed by return of the filtrate of said precipitation treatment to the residue of the double extraction, and concentration of this mixture to obtain a light stable hop.

When the products of these techniques were used in the preparation of brewed beer, the resulting brews were confirmed to be light stable, and the light stable hops employed made a contribution to kettle hop flavor attributes. Still further, it was found that a full form of hop was reconstituted with a hop oil fraction (HOF), a beta-acid rich fraction (which is obtained from the hop extract resulting from initial preparation of the hop solids by liquid or supercritical CO2 extraction), and light stable bittering agents (and prior to the double extraction method of the present invention) to each of these light stable hops and yielded a further flavor improvement without causing light instability in brewed product.

It is thus an advantage of the present invention to provide an inexpensive method for the preparation of light stable hops, which are useful in providing hop flavor and mouthfeel for brewed product to be packaged in clear, flint or green bottles. Such brewed product is found to be less subject to skunk flavor resulting from exposure to light over time.


Methods for Preparation of Light Stable Hops

A thermal decomposition of hop solids in the presence of hot air was unsuccessful, and most residual amounts of alpha-acids were converted into iso-alpha-acids, resulting in a light unstable product. Direct isomerization and reduction of trace amounts of alpha-acids to light stable rho-iso-alpha-acids (or dihydro iso-alpha-acids) in an aqueous hop solid slurry was attempted, employing a caustic sodium borohydride solution (NaBH4). Results were inconsistent, and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis indicated that the reduction in alpha-acid content was ineffective due to interference of hop solid materials.

Since it is known that trace amounts of alpha/iso-alpha-acids (about 0.1-0.5 weight percent) seem to bind very tightly within the hop cellulose matrix, thus making a direct chemical reaction or reduction difficult, it was decided to attempt the reduction or elimination of alpha/iso-alpha-acids by extraction in a homogenous solution system. Low molecular weight alcohols, such as methanol or ethanol, are capable, with efficient mixing, of extracting sufficient amounts of alpha/iso-alpha-acids from hop solids. Due to the cost and potential toxicity of methanol, ethanol has been utilized. In addition to being safe for consumption, 95% ethanol is less soluble for the water-soluble compounds and very soluble for the alpha/iso-alpha-acids. An analytical scale extraction condition was established by comparing the extraction efficiency of acidic 95% ethanol, 95% ethanol, acidic 70% ethanol, and 70% ethanol, using Galena hop solids.

The Hop Solids Double Extraction Technique

To 200 grams of ground hop solids (prepared from either Cascade hops or Galena hops) was added 600 ml of 95% ethanol. The mixture was then agitated, with a magnetic stir bar, for one hour, followed by vacuum filtration through a Whatman #4 filter paper. The filtrate was retained. The extraction was repeated with another 600 ml of 95% ethanol, and the mixture was again vacuum filtered through a Whatman #4 filter paper. The residues on the funnel were washed with an additional 100 ml of 95% ethanol. Both filtrates from the two extractions were combined, and the residues were collected. Results are shown in Table 1.

TABLE 1 Extraction Efficiency Analyzed by HPLC Extraction Density (g/ml) of alpha/Iso-alpha-acid in Galena Solution Extract Hop Solids (%) 95% ethanol, Acid 0.81 0.12 95% ethanol 0.99 0.10 70% ethanol, Acid 1.04 0.15 70% ethanol 1.02 0.12

Although the acidic ethanol solutions are demonstrably more effective than neutral solutions, it is possible that the acid may damage the flavor elements of hop solids, or interfere with subsequent treatments. It is also noted that higher water composition solvents co-extract more water soluble compounds. For instance, a dark green color solution (with density of 0.99 g/ml) was obtained using 95% ethanol, while a yellow-brownish color solution (with a density of 1.02 g/ml) was obtained using 70% ethanol. In other words, a total mass of greater than 25% by weight was obtained as compared to 6% when the water composition was increased to 30% (70% ethanol/water) from 5% (95% ethanol) extraction of hop solids. The best results for the reduction and minimization of alpha/iso-alpha-acids appeared to occur in a less complicated 95% ethanol extract. Therefore, hop solids were extracted using 95% ethanol until most of the alpha/iso-alpha-acids were removed, and subjected to the subsequent treatments. This usually required two consecutive extractions, and the hop solid residues after such a double extraction using 95% ethanol still retain most of the potential water-soluble flavor precursors. This double extracted hop solid residue was then adopted as a basic light stable hop, and further treatment of the liquid filtrate from the double extraction to recover minor amounts of flavor precursors was considered.

Further Treatment of the Double Extracted Hop Solids Filtrate

The treatment sought should selectively minimize alpha/iso-alpha-acids, but should also be mild and inert to the flavor precursors. Hydrogenation, sodium borohydride reduction, caustic treatment, ion exchange, alkali metal and metal precipitation were considered for the elimination of alpha/iso-alpha-acids, or for conversion of alpha/iso-alpha-acids into light stable forms. Hydrogenation was unsuccessful. Sodium borohydride reduction of iso-alpha-acids to rho-iso-alpha-acids was possible, but the subsequent removal of undesirable boron compounds added extra steps and expense, and was therefore considered inefficient. However, both ion exchange and alkali metal or metal ion precipitation showed promising results. The thus treated aqueous ethanol solutions were recombined with the residues and the aqueous ethanol in the mixture was then removed via evaporation to form reconstructed light stable hops. The two successful methods are demonstrated hereinafter.

Ion-Exchange Treatment

A basic ion exchange resin has been used in the past to separate alpha/iso-alpha-acids from methanolic, ethanolic, and hexane extract of hops. Such methods have been used to chromatographically purify alpha-acids, beta-acids, and iso-alpha-acids from hops or hop extract, in which various organic solvents and buffering solutions were used. We altered this methodology to retain the alpha/iso-alpha-acids on the resins by varying the affinity of the effluent and allowed an elution of alpha/iso-alpha-acids-free effluent. Recombining the alpha/iso-alpha-acids-free effluent and the extracted hop solid residues afforded a slurry. Evaporation of the aqueous ethanol and drying of the slurry afforded a less distinguishable hop product than the original hop solids, but containing no light unstable alpha/iso-alpha-acids. Two types of ion exchange resins, BIO-RAD AG 1X4 and 3X4, available from Bio-Rad Laboratories of Richmond, Calif. were used. Due to pKa differences, the dissociated alpha/iso-alpha-acid ions exchange with these anions (Cl, OH, and acetate ion) on the resins. The ethanol extracted solution of the hop solids was diluted with water (either neutral or pH 8) to increase affinity between alpha/iso-alpha-acids and resins. Ion exchange may be performed on either a column or batch basis. For convenience, a batch basis was used in our experimentation. As a result, the residual alpha/iso-alpha-acids were significantly reduced, as shown in Table 2, items 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, and 12.

Ion Exchange Technique

Two BIO-RAD anion exchange resins (AG 1-X4, and 3-X4, 400 mesh, chloride form) were pre-rinsed with distilled water. The filtrate was diluted with a 1:1 ratio of either distilled water or a pH 8 buffer solution, and then added to the ion exchange resins at an amount of 5% of the total mixture. The mixture was allowed to mix for one hour, then filtered through a Whatman #4 filter paper. The filtrate was mixed with the double extracted residues. The hop residues and the extracted flavor precursors present in the filtrate were simultaneously and homogeneously mixed while the aqueous ethanol was evaporated off by a vacuum rotary evaporator. The resultant hop solids were then dried for final usage.

Alkali Metal or Metal Ion Precipitation

Hop alpha-acids and iso-alpha-acids often show a characteristic of complexing with alkali metal ions, divalent ions, and transitional metal ions such as magnesium, calcium, lead, ferric, zinc, etc. The tri-keto group on the molecule has the functionality of chelating with various metal ions. Some of the complexes thus formed are less soluble in water and alcohol. Accordingly, in order to select desirable and effective alkali metal or metal ions which comply with FDA regulations, and to still meet brewing requirements, a number of inorganic salts such as calcium carbonate, calcium hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium acetate, zinc sulfate, and zinc acetate were selected.

Alkali Metal/Metal Ion Precipitation Technique

To 1200 ml. of filtrate from the double extraction, an equal amount of distilled water was added to reduce the solubility of subsequent forming complexes of alpha/iso-alpha-acids. From 1 to 5 grams of the alkali metal or metal salts, Ca(OH)2, Ca(OAc)2, CuCl, CuS04, ZnSO4, and Zn(OAc)2, respectively, were added to the diluted filtrate, and mixed for one hour at room temperature. The amounts of alpha/iso-alpha-acid were monitored by HPLC, until no further reduction was observed. The precipitate was removed by filtration through a Whatman #4 filter paper, and the filtrate was then added back to the solid residues of the double extraction in a 5 liter round bottom flask. The thus formed mixture was rotary evaporated (under 31 torr at 40-50° C.) to remove ethanol and water. Lyophilizing removed the residual moisture and afforded dried solids for subsequent usage. A number of light stable hops were thus prepared and analyzed by HPLC (as shown in Table 2).

TABLE 2 Data of Light Stable Hops Added in Brews Addition Rate % Residual alpha/ # LS-Hops Type Treatment (ppm) Iso-alpha-acids 1 Galena Hop None 2000 0.110 Solids 2 Cascade Hop None 2000 0.080 Solids 3 1A - Galena 1 × 4 - pH 8 1592 0.010 4 1B - Cascade 1 × 4 - pH 8 1434 0.014 5 3A - Galena 1 × 4 - neutral 1630 0.040 6 3B - Cascade 1 × 4 - neutral 984 0.003 7 4A - Galena - CuSO4 1612 0.037 8 4B - Cascade CuSO4 1288 0.014 9 5A - Galena Cu(OAc)2 862 0.019 10 5B - Cascade Cu(OAc)2 660 0.010 11 6A - Galena 3 × 4 - neutral 1216 0.015 12 6B - Cascade 3 × 4 - neutral 1338 0.036 13 7A - Galena Ca(OH)2 846 0.012 14 7B - Cascade Ca(OAc)2 1468 0.017 15 8A - Galena CuCl 1570 0.042 16 8B - Cascade CuCl 1194 0.010 17 9A - Galena ZnSO4 860 0.013 18 9B - Cascade ZnSO4 1476 0.021 19 10A - Galena Zn(OAc)2 1288 0.023 20 10B - Cascade Zn(OAc)2 1760 0.029 21 11A - Galena NaBH4 1538 0.110 22 11B - Cascade NaBH4 1846 0.085 23 12A - Galena Double X 1920 0.048 24 12B - Cascade Double X 1748 0.016 25 13A - Galena Double X + HOF 192 0.048 26 13B - Cascade Double X + HOF 175 0.016

Pilot Brews Hopped With Candidate Light Stable Hops

Despite the estimation and prediction of light stability, actual light stability must be confirmed by sensory observation. Possible light stable hops made in accordance with each of the four techniques discussed above, and other treated light stable hop samples, were submitted for pilot brews, as follows.

The double extracted residues (Double X, Examples 23 and 24) employing 95% ethanol extraction, were brewed at 1920 and 1748 ppm, respectively, as Pilot Brews 8679 and 8670.

To evaluate the effect of the Hop Oil Fraction (HOF) and compensate for the loss of aroma and flavor components resulting from double extraction, 1 gram of HOF was added to 8 grams of the double extracted residues (Examples 25 and 26). These were brewed at 192 and 175 ppm levels, as Pilot Brews 8685 and 8686.

Ion exchange resin treated samples (Examples 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11) were brewed as Pilot Brews 8664, 8666, 8665, 8667, and 8673. Sample 12 did not brew due to containing a higher alpha/iso-alpha-acids content.

Additional Pilot Brews, numbered 8671, 8672, 8674, 8675, 8676, 8677, 8683, 8681, and 8682 were hopped with various alkali metal ion precipitated light stable (LS) Hops corresponding to Examples 8,10,13,15, 16, 20, 14, 18, and 19, respectively.

In addition to the above, two sodium borohydride reduction treated hop solids (Examples 21 and 22) were brewed as Pilot Brews 8678 and 8684. Three control Pilot Brews, Numbers 8661, 8662, and 8663, were unhopped (8661) and hopped with 2000 ppm of Galena hop solids (8662) and Cascade hop solids (8663), respectively. Analytical data may be found in Tables 3 and 4, hereinafter.

Sensory Evaluation of Pilot Brews: Light Stability

Samples of the Pilot Brews, all bottled in 12 oz clear bottles, then packaged in six-pack paper carriers having a height of 5¼ inches, were exposed to 25 foot-candles of fluorescent light for 20 days. A total of 23 products were thus evaluated. Testing was conducted on each exposed sample, and compared to a corresponding unexposed sample. All such testing involved subjectively rating the samples on sulfur character and skunky character. Mean scores are based upon a 24-point linear scale, where 1 is weak, and 24 is strong. The results are set forth in Table 4.

Sensory Evaluation of Pilot Brews: Round Table Evaluation

Pilot brews were prepared and characterized in round table sensory evaluation, based upon promising results in light stability testing. The purpose of such testing was to obtain a descriptive profile of each unexposed LS-Hops candidate. The Cascade based LS-Hops candidates seemed to have stronger, fruity/estery notes than the Galena LS-Hops candidates. Panelists also indicated preferences for pilot brews 8680, 8686, 8676, 8683, 8667, 8672, and 8673. Of these, only the last was based upon a Galena hop solids. These evaluations are shown in Table 4.

Correlation between Sensory Light Stability and Analytical iso-alpha-acids

A general good correlation between sensory scores (skunkiness) and analytical iso-alpha-acid content demonstrated that the limited iso-alpha-acids present in the Pilot Brews prepared from low iso-alpha-acid content LS-Hops were less subject to skunkiness, and were more acceptable. Analysis indicated that light stable hops preferably have iso-alpha-acid contents of less than 0.2-0.3 ppm.

TABLE 3 Summary of Light Stability and Skunkiness Brew Iso-α-acids Stability Sensory Score # LS-HOPS # % (ppm) Prediction Exposed/None Skunkiness 0 Unhopped 8661 None Yes 3.4/2.9 none 1 Galena Hop Solids 8662  0.11 (2.20) No 17.0/2.9  very strong 2 Cascade Hop Solids 8663 0.080 (1.60) No 14.5/2.9  very strong 3 1A - 1 × 4 pH 8 8664 0.010 (0.02) Yes 10/3/3.0 strong 4 1B - 1 × 4 pH 8 8666 0.014 (0.20) Yes 4.9/3.0 trace 5 3A - 1 × 4 neutral 8665 0.046 (0.65) Marginal 15.8/2.9  very strong 6 3B - 1 × 4 neutral 8667 0.003 (0.03) Yes 4.8/3/1 trace 7 4A - CuSO4 0.037 (0.60) Marginal 8 4B - CuSO4 8671 0.014 (0.18) Yes Discarded 9 5A - Cu(OAc)2 0.019 (0.16) Marginal 10 5B - Cu(OAc)2 8672 0.010 (0.07) Yes 2.9/2.6 none 11 6A - 3 × 4 neutral 8673 0.015 (0.18) Yes 4.4/2.5 trace 12 6B - 3 × 4 neutral 0.036 (0.48) No 13 7A - Ca(OH)2 8674 0.012 (0.10) Yes 3.8/2.6 none 14 7B - Ca(OH)2 8683 0.017 (0.25) Yes 4.0/3.7 none 15 8A - CuCl 8675 0.042 (0.66) No 4.1/3.2 none 16 8B - CuCl 8676 0.010 (0.12) Yes 2.7/3.0 none 17 9A - ZnSO4 0.013 (0.11) Yes 18 9B - ZnSO4 8681 0.021 (0.31) Yes 4.3/3.2 trace 19 10A - Zn(OAc)2 8682 0.023 (0.30) Marginal 2.9/2.7 none 20 10B - Zn(OAc)2 8677 0.029 (0.51) Marginal 6.7/2.7 slight 21 11A - SWS 8678 0.110 (1.69) No 8.9/2.6 moderate 22 11B - SWS 8684 0.085 (1.57) No 10.3/2.8  strong 23 12A - DX 8679 0.017 (0.32) No 6.1/2.6 slight 24 12B - DX 8680 0.016 (0.28) Yes 2.7/2.3 none 25 13A - DX + HCF 8685 0.048 (0.09) Yes 3.6/2.8 trace 26 13B - DX + HCF 8686 0.016 (0.03) Yes 3.0/2.7 none

TABLE 4 Sensory Round Table Evaluation LS-Hops P.B. Round Table Evaluation #4 - 8666 Slight fruity/estery; low aroma strength; low to 1 × 4 pH 8 moderate Sulfur; slight hop aroma; slightly malty; water/thin #6 - 8667 Low to moderate fruity; hoppy aroma; hoppy taste 1 × 4 neutral #10 - 8672 Fruity/estery/banana; slight hop aroma; thin slight Cu(OA)2 lingering after taste; slight metallic; slight sulfur #11 - 8673 Slight fruity; slight hoppy aroma; hoppy flavor; 3 × 4 neutral slight lingering aftertaste; malty #13 - 8674 Low aroma and fruity; low to moderate hop aroma; Ca(OH)2 slight hoppy taste; slight malty #14 - 8683 Fruity/estery; hoppy taste; hoppy aroma; slight citrus Ca(OAc)2 aroma; slight lingering aftertaste; slight mouthcoat #15 - 8675 Slight fruity; hoppy aroma; slight malty; lingering CuCl aftertaste #16 - 8676 Low to moderate fruity; hoppy aroma; hoppy taste; CuCl slight metallic; slight astringent #18 - 8681 Low to moderate fruity/estery; hoppy aroma; clove; ZnSO4 solvent aroma; slight astringent #19 - 8682 Low to moderate fruity; clove solvent aroma; malty; Zn(OAc)2 hoppy taste; sulfur #23 - 8679 Slight fruity; low malt; harsh; lingering aftertaste DX #24 - 8680 Low to moderate fruity/estery; low to moderate hop DX aroma; moderate hop flavor; sulfur; low aftertaste #25 - 8685 Hoppy aroma; hoppy taste; lingering bitter aftertaste DX + HOF #26 - 8686 Fruity/estery; low aroma strength; fruity, floral, DX + HOF citrus taste; slight lingering aftertaste

Although the present invention has been described in considerable detail with reference to certain preferred embodiments, one skilled in the art will appreciate that the present invention can be practiced by other than the preferred embodiments, which have been presented for purposes of illustration and not of limitation. For example, alternative forms of hop solids, other than the Galena and Cascade hop solids utilized herein, may be used.

Therefore, the scope of the appended claims should not be limited to the description of the preferred embodiments contained herein.


The methods taught herein are useful in the preparation of brewed beverages, such as beer and ale, and specifically permit the brewing of beers and ale which may be stored in uncolored or non-light filtering containers with little or no danger of development of objectionable skunkiness.


1. A method for the preparation of a light stable hop product, the method comprising:

mixing hop solids with a first alcohol solvent to form a mixture of the hop solids and the first alcohol solvent, the hop solids being residue obtained by extracting hops with carbon dioxide;
separating the mixture of the hop solids and the first alcohol solvent into treated hop solids and a first filtrate including alpha/iso-alpha acids;
mixing the treated hop solids with a second alcohol solvent to form a mixture of the treated hop solids and the second alcohol solvent; and
separating the mixture of the treated hop solids and the second alcohol solvent into hop solids residues and a second filtrate including alpha/iso-alpha acids,
wherein a light stable hop product comprising the hop solids residues containing no alpha/iso-alpha acids is formed.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the first alcohol solvent and the second alcohol solvent are aqueous ethanol having a concentration of from 10 to 95 percent ethanol.

3. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

blending the hop solids residues with a hop oil fraction to form the light stable hop product.

4. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

blending the hop solids residues with a beta-acid rich fraction to form the light stable hop product.

5. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

blending the hop solids residues with light stable bittering agents to form the light stable hop product.

6. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

blending the hop solids residues with a member of the group consisting of a hop oil fraction, a beta-acid rich fraction, a light stable bittering agent, and mixtures thereof to form the light stable hop product.

7. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

contacting said first filtrate or said second filtrate with an ion exchange resin to remove alpha/iso-alpha-acids; and
blending an effluent of said ion exchange with the light stable hop product.

8. The method of claim 7 further comprising:

evaporating off aqueous alcohol from the light stable hop product.

9. The method of claim 7, wherein said ion exchange resin is in its chloride, hydroxide, or acetate ion form.

10. The method of claim 7 wherein said light stable hop product is further blended with hop oil fraction.

11. The method of claim 7 wherein said light stable hop product is further blended with beta-acid rich fraction.

12. The method of claim 7 wherein said light stable hop product is further blended with light stable bittering agents.

13. The method of claim 7 wherein said light stable hop product is further blended with a member of the group consisting of hop oil fraction, a beta-acid rich fraction, a light stable bittering agent, and mixtures thereof.

14. A method for the preparation of a light stable hop product, the method comprising:

mixing hop solids with a first alcohol solvent to form a mixture of the hop solids and the first alcohol solvent, the hop solids being residue obtained by extracting hops with carbon dioxide;
separating the mixture of the hop solids and the first alcohol solvent into treated hop solids and a first filtrate including alpha/iso-alpha acids;
mixing the treated hop solids with a second alcohol solvent to form a mixture of the treated hop solids and the second alcohol solvent; and
separating the mixture of the treated hop solids and the second alcohol solvent into hop solids residues and a second filtrate including alpha/iso-alpha acids,
wherein a light stable hop product comprising the hop solids residues is formed, and
wherein the method further comprises brewing a beverage with the light stable hop product.

Patent History

Publication number: 20070172543
Type: Application
Filed: Mar 22, 2007
Publication Date: Jul 26, 2007
Inventors: Patrick Ting (Brookfield, WI), Henry Goldstein (Hartland, WI), Aki Murakami (Mequon, WI), Michael VanSanford (Wales, WI), Jay Refling (Greenfield, WI), John Seabrooks (Richfield, WI), David Ryder (Mequon, WI)
Application Number: 11/726,659


Current U.S. Class: 426/15.000
International Classification: C12G 1/00 (20060101);