Origin and Description
Bramling Cross is a dual use hops that has a strong foothold in European brews. It originates from the U.K. dating back to 1927 when two varieties were mixed to produce this darling. Bramling and Monitoban are the proud parents of this fruity aromatic hops. Bramling Cross can be used at any stage of the beer brewing process including the bittering, finishing and dry hopping. It's medium alpha range from 5.0 - 7.8% allows for its versatility, which is apparent by the different types of beers that make use of it. Of its essential oils, caryophyllene and humulene are the ones that steps it up a notch. Both of these would indicate a more earthy, herbal aroma and flavor, even spicy. But the lower amount of these oils in total reduce the strength of these traits and allow for more fruity flavors and smells come through.
Bramling Cross has seen a bit of a rejuvenation recently in craft beers as it has been declining in production for some years. It's yield is on the lower side, however it's resistances to mildew benefits the grower. Bramling Cross is fairly accessible for homebrewing in pellets and whole hops.
Bramling Cross Hops Usage
Bramling Cross hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Bramling Cross Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for bramling cross hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Bramling Cross Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||5%-7.8%|
|Beta Acid Composition||2.3%-3.2%|
Bramling Cross Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Bramling Cross Lupulin Color||Pale Yellow to Yellow|
|Bramling Cross Cone Size||Medium|
|Bramling Cross Cone Density||Moderate|
Bramling Cross Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Early to Mid Season|
|Yield||Yield for Bramling Cross Hops is Low to Moderate at 1500 - 1675 kg/hectare|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Vigorous|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests||Susceptible To:|
Powdery Mildew,Downy Mildew,
|Storability||Bramling Cross Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Bramling Cross Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.7-1.2 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||35%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||28%-33%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||14%-18%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Bramling Cross Hops Substitutes
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Common Beer Styles for Bramling Cross Hops