August 4, 2010

No suckers.

Hops is a bine.

The flavorful and antibiotic hops plant appears to be of little use except in beer-making, where it plays four important roles:
  • Hops provide bitterness to balance the flavor of beer
  • Hops provide beer with a pleasant aroma
  • Hops protects against unwanted microbes during yeast fermentation
  • Hops preserves finished beer
A bine climbs by spiraling up 'round any support it runs into, using stiff, downward-pointing bristles, while a vine climbs by attaching itself with tendrils and suckers.

Bines ain't got no suckers.

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