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What Common Beer Brewing Ingredient Is In The Marijuana Family?



 Hops awaiting harvesting
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Answer: Hops

Cannabis more commonly known as marijuana, is a genus of small family of flowering plants known as Cannabaceae . Included under that familial umbrella is the Humulus genus, and included in the Humulus genus is none other than Humulus lupulus —or, as bear aficionados and brewers alike would know it: hops

In thousands of varieties of beer, the combination of grain, yeast, water, and hops work together to create a wide array of flavors. The inclusion and amount of hops in the brewing process introduces the bitterness (helps balance the sweetness of the malt), helps preserve the beer, and adds in aroma and flavor that other ingredients simply cannot produce.

While there are only a small number of plants in the Cannabis and Humulus there is far more prolific member of the Cannabaceae family: the Celtis . genus, hackberries ̵

1; a group of 60-70 species of medium size trees that flower and bear small fruit.


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