Origin and Description
Chinook Hops was a child of the 1980's, introduced the same year as Rocky IV (Rocky vs. Ivan Drago)....ie 1985. The USDA crossed Petham Golding with USDA 63102 variety and out came this craft brewer's delight.
Chinook Hops will add 12%-14% alpha acid content to your hops schedule. It is a dual purpose alpha variety, and is good for the beginning of the boil, or mid-additions in brewing. Chinook is popular in American style beers such as Pale Ale and India Pale ale, but extends itself well to Seasonal Ales, and darker beers including Porter, Stout, and Barley Wines. It has a heavy aroma, and somewhat spicy bouquet. Some piney and herbal notes will be evident in a fresh batch.
Chinook is middle of the road for its harvest yields, and produces medium compact cones. It features some resistance to common diseases, however is susceptible to Powdery Mildew. Chinook is more widely used in the US and is a part of some very compelling commercial beers.
Chinook Hops Usage
Chinook hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Chinook Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for chinook hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Chinook Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||12%-14%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-4%|
Chinook Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Chinook Lupulin Color||Yellow to Dark Yello|
|Chinook Cone Size||Medium|
|Chinook Cone Density||Compact|
Chinook Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Mid to Late Season|
|Yield||Yield for Chinook Hops is Low to Moderate at 1700 - 2230 kg/hectare|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Vigorous|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Chinook Hops maintains 68%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Chinook Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||1.5-2.7 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||35%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||18%-25%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||9%-11%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Chinook Hops Substitutes
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Common Beer Styles for Chinook Hops
|India Pale Ale|