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Hop of the Month: US Northern Brewer

07/06/2013 7:42 PM | Deleted user
By Seamus King

There's been an expression of interest in renewing hop style of the month. So, with the relaunch of this series, we're making it coincide with the previous month's SMASH hop. Tim has done a great job with the SMASH program, and we hope that his efforts will be meaningfully supported by this.

The hop selected for the SMASH beer for June 2013 was Northern Brewer, so here's the profile for US grown Northern Brewer.

Pedigree Bred in England in 1934 from a cross between a female hop of wild American parentage and an English male.
Maturity Early to mid-season
Yield 1200 - 1600 kg./ha. or 1000 - 1400 lb./ac.
Growth Habit Adequate in temperate climates but has difficulty growing when under heat stress.
Disease/Pest Susceptibility Susceptible to downy mildew, no strong virus reactions. Has resistance to aphids and mites.
Pickability/Drying/Baling Good
Cone-Structure Medium-sized cone, only fairly tight. Prone to develop leaves in cones, also called "cock hops."
Lupulin Medium yellow. Fairly abundant.
Aroma Medium -strong
Alpha Acid 8 - 10% w/w
Beta Acid 3 - 5% w/w
Cohumulone 20 - 30 %of alpha acids
Storageability 70 - 85% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20°C
Total Oil 1.5 - 2.0 mls/100 grams
Myrcene 50 - 60% of whole oil
Humulene 20 - 30 % of whole oil
Carophyllene 5 - 10% of whole oil
Farnesene <1% of whole oil
General Trade Perception A true dual-purpose hop, containing moderate amounts of alpha acids combined with a good aroma profile.
Possible Substitutions German Northern Brewer, Chinook
Typical Beer Styles All English-styles, especially Porter, American Ales, Kvlsch, Munich Helles.
Additional Information A major alpha hop in Germany, but declining in areas in England. Limited acreage in the US.
Typical Hop Use Dual purpose

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