Hops are arguably the most important ingredient in beer crafting. So much of the process, including taste, stability and antimicrobial protection of the beer depends on the hop plant. However there are many other applications we can derive from hops outside of alcoholic production.
For instance when packaged as food supplements Humulus lupulus L. have sedative effects and can be used to treat sleep disorders. There has also been a surge of research interests in extracting compounds of the plant for use in essential oils, botanical extracts and natural flavor substances.
A research by scientists from the University of Maribor takes a closer look at extraction techniques as well as the plant’s chemical composition. Follow the link to read more: