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    What varieties of beer hops are there?

    Hop Cones

    Beer Hop Cones

    Hops Rhizomes

    Hop Rhizomes

    Before you can decide what variety of hops to plant, you need to know the characteristics of different varieties of hops.  The variety you choose depends mainly on the styles of beers and ales you like to drink.

    Two main characteristics of hop cones:

    1. Bittering – measured in IBUs (International Bitterness Units – according to the IBU scale).  The bittering attribute of hops is used to counteract the sweetness of the malt in the beer or ale.  Alpha acids and beta acids of the hop contribute to the bittering effect.
    2. Aroma – there is no scale to measure aroma, it is used to impart a pleasurable aroma or “nose” to beers and ales, also referred to as a finishing hop.  Essential oils of the hop cone are the source of aroma.

    There are other characteristics that hops contribute to brews:

    • Natural preservative
    • Flavoring – various attributes such as – spicy, piney, citrus, woody, floral…
    • Calming effect

    All hops have both qualities of bitterness and aroma, it is the proportion of each that determines if it is called a bittering hop, an aroma hop or some hops are in the middle and considered both bittering and aroma hop.  The main component of the hop cone is lupulin, a yellow powdery component of the female hop cone.  It contains the resins of the hop cone.

    Here is a comprehensive list of the varieties of hops

    From  http://www.beersmith.com/hops_table.htm

    NameOriginAlpha (%)Type
    AdmiralUK14.80%Bittering
    AhtanumUS6.00%Aroma
    Amarillo GoldUS8.50%Aroma
    AquilaUS6.50%Aroma
    BannerUS10.00%Bittering
    Bramling CrossUK6.00%Aroma
    Brewers GoldUK8.00%Bittering
    BullionUK8.00%Bittering
    CascadeUS5.50%Both
    CentennialUS10.00%Bittering
    ChallengerUK7.50%Aroma
    ChinookUS13.00%Bittering
    ClusterUS7.00%Bittering
    ColumbiaUK5.50%Bittering
    Columbus (Tomahawk)US14.00%Bittering
    CometUS9.50%Bittering
    CrystalUS3.50%Aroma
    EroicaUS13.00%Bittering
    First GoldUK7.50%Both
    FugglesUK4.50%Aroma
    GalenaUS13.00%Bittering
    GlacierUS5.60%Aroma
    Goldings, B. C.Canada5.00%Aroma
    Goldings, East Kent (EK)UK5.00%Aroma
    Green BulletNew Zealand13.50%Bittering
    HallertauerGermany4.80%Aroma
    Hallertauer, HersbruckerGermany4.00%Aroma
    Hallertauer, MittelfruehGermany4.00%Aroma
    Hallertauer, New ZealandNew Zealand8.50%Both
    HeraldUK12.00%Bittering
    HorizonUS12.00%Bittering
    LibertyUS4.30%Aroma
    LublinPoland5.00%Bittering
    MagnumGermany14.00%Bittering
    Mt. HoodUS6.00%Aroma
    NorthdownUK8.50%Both
    Northern BrewerGermany8.50%Both
    NuggetUS13.00%Bittering
    OrionGermany7.30%Both
    Pacific GemNew Zealand15.00%Bittering
    PearleGermany8.00%Bittering
    PhoenixUK8.00%Bittering
    PilgrimUK11.50%Bittering
    PioneerUK9.00%Both
    Pride of RingwoodAustralia9.00%Bittering
    ProgressUK6.30%Aroma
    SaazCzech Rep4.00%Aroma
    SantiamUS6.00%Aroma
    Select SpaltGermany4.80%Aroma
    Southern CrossNew Zealand13.00%Both
    SpalterGermany4.50%Aroma
    SterlingUS7.50%Both
    SticklebractNew Zealand13.50%Both
    StrisselspaltFrance4.00%Aroma
    Styrian GoldingsSlovenia5.40%Aroma
    SunUS14.00%Bittering
    Super AlphaNew Zealand13.00%Bittering
    TargetUK11.00%Bittering
    TettnangGermany4.50%Aroma
    TraditionGermany6.00%Bittering
    UltraUS3.00%Aroma
    VanguardUS5.50%Aroma
    WarriorUS15%Both
    Whitbread Golding Var (WGV)UK6.00%Aroma
    WillametteUS5.50%Aroma
    ZeusUS14.00%Bittering

    So depending upon the beer styles you like to drink and or brew, determines which hop varieties to grow (assuming they will grow in your climate and soil).  The above list provides the name of the hop, country of origin and alpha acid percentage (bitterness).  There are many hop description pages out there, this one is the most comprehensive list of hop varieties I have found.  You will only be able to buy a few varieties of hop rhizomes depending upon your country and some on this list are proprietary (not commercially available).

    Beers and Ales – the difference between beers and ales is the type of yeast used and temperature of the wort (mash/sugars) during the fermentation process.

    • Beers/Lagers/Pilsners – bottom fermenting yeasts – lower temp fermentation – 40 -50 degrees fahrenheit
    • Ales – top fermenting yeasts – higher temp fermentation – 60 to 75degrees fahrenheit.

    The above are generalities that cover the majority of styles, there are exceptions to every rule.

    Beer/Ale style and hops usedhttp://brewery.org/library/Hopprofs0497.html

    This post would go on forever if I listed every beer style and hops used so I won’t attempt that.  Checkout the above referenced link to get your hop rhizome list together (you can sometimes find hop plants for sale).  Depending upon where you live, you may be able to plant right now (ground is still frozen here in Minnesota) but warmer regions can plant now.

    One more resource I stumbled across http://www.hopunion.com/hopunion-variety-databook.pdf

    One of my most popular posts will list a variety of online sources to:

    buy hop rhizomes <== Click Here

    Get your hop garden started!

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