Home brew elements such as leaf hops, plug hops and hop pellets add bitterness to the brew. These types of elements should be saved nicely otherwise they can lose the bitterness. Hard water is recognized as best for home brewing of ale as well as ales because of the mixed salts in it. Additional elements include dextrose, glucose that are fermentable and better than cane sugars, Belgian candy sugar, lactose(milk sugar), maple syrup and of course honey, golden syrup or even molasses that produce certain styles and tastes.