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March 29, 2019

How to Make Hop Water - Soda Water with Hops!

how to make hop water

This is a recipe for hop water, which is like LaCroix flavored with hops. It's super light and refreshing and tastes a bit like beer. However, it doesn't contain any sweeteners, gluten, or alcohol. This means that you can chug this stuff and not get tipsy or tired. Some people want to get tipsy, and those people should check out one of our homebrew recipes. For those who don't, read on.

Hop Water Ingredients

1. Water
2. Hops

    lemon drop hop label

    We used Lemon drop hops, feel free to use any hop variety you prefer

    3. Lemon juice

    lemon juice

    Full Recipe Video


      1. Add water to kettle
      2. Boil for 10 minutes
      3. Chill to 170F (76.7C)
      4. Lower pH by adding lemon juice (to 4.6 or lower) - just a small squirt of lemon juice should be enough

      adding lemon juice to hop water

      Adding lemon juice while monitoring pH with a meter

      5. Add hops (2g per gallon) and let stand for 20 mins (FYI: We used lemon drop hops)

      hops in water

      Your hops will start dispersing and dissolving after a while

      6. Filter out hops with cheesecloth or a mesh bag

      straining hop water with a mesh bag

      7. Cool to serving temp
      8. Carbonate
      9. Drink

      pouring finished hop water

      The final product was surprisingly clear and extremely refreshing

      This recipe is super easy to make and is a great alternative beverage for folks who either don't want to or can't drink alcohol. We highly recommend making some of this stuff! Let us know how yours turned out!

      • I used about 1/8 lime per liter to get ph to about 4.2. I used 2 grams whole hops (cascade) for a one liter batch. I hooked a liter bottle to a carbonation cap. Will be doing bigger batches in the future. You could do a lot with this recipe: flavorings, sweeteners, fruit, etc. skies the limit!

        Posted by Mike Longo on February 23, 2021
      • Do you hold the temp at 76.7 for the whole 20 mins?

        Posted by Carl on January 04, 2021
      • If I was to use fresh hops ,how much do you think is needed per gallon of water ?

        Posted by BRUCH Gretsch on December 02, 2020
      • Two questions:
        • What’s the purpose of boiling the water for 10 min?
        • Is the lowered pH for any reason other than flavoring?


        Posted by Irv on December 01, 2020
      • Instead of a ph meter I’m going to use ph paper, and use dry ice (ie. solid carbon dioxide) From the grocery store to carbonate. Just need to carefully figure out how much is needed… lol

        Posted by MIke on August 06, 2020
      • Would lime juice work the same as lemon juice? I’d much rather have lime flavor than lemon

        Posted by C-Law on March 31, 2020
      • Anyone struggling to use lemon juice can use phosphoric acid for a fairly neutral/soda like way to drop ph. This can be bottle carbonated but like any bottle carb, will require a pinch of yeast and priming sugar at bottling and will result in some bottle lees.

        Posted by SHawn B on March 16, 2020
      • The amount of lemon to use varies based on your water profile. Here in Florida my starting ph for filtered water is 7.65. I added 1/8 cup of lemon and it dropped by 1pt. So I added an additional 1/4 cup and got to 4.3-4.4. I used organic pure lemon juice not from concentrate (which didn’t have any extra ingredients- just Lemon. As for hops I used German saphir and had to use 6 grams per gallon to get even the slightest hop presence. The lemon is just too overpowering

        Posted by LIz on January 09, 2020
      • I wonder if there is a way to charbonize if I don’t have a co2 machine? Regards from croatia:)

        Posted by Ivana on January 02, 2020
      • I wonder if there is a way to charbonize if I don’t have a co2 machine? Regards from croatia:)

        Posted by Ivana on January 02, 2020
      • I made this with 4 grams of hops per gallon instead of 2. I also added the juice of 1/2 of a medium lime. I carbonated it in my Sodastream. It came out nice especially if you like it a little hoppier.

        Posted by Steve on December 16, 2019
      • it looks like there are several questions, regarding how much lemon. Go to the 3:50 mark in the video. The just squirt some from a “Plastic lemon,” then measure the PH.

        Posted by Mark on November 04, 2019
      • Also curious how much lemon juice to ause

        Posted by Dane on October 14, 2019
      • I would also like to know approximately how much lemon juice to add since I don’t have a ph meter. And I’m curious, why does the water need to be cooled to 170? I’m looking forward to making this. Thanks!!

        Posted by Michelle on August 16, 2019
      • Any guidelines on how much lemon juice concentrate to add per gallon? I don’t have a ph meter.

        Posted by Matt on June 12, 2019

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