Origin and Description

Merkur Hops was a product of the Hull Hops Research Institute in the Hallertau region of Germany. Sometimes called Hallertauer Merkur, this variety was bred from a cross between Hallertaur Magnum and variety 81/8/13. Merkur was released in 2000, and is slowly gaining traction in the brewing industry.

Merkur Hops is a bittering high-alpha hops, and sits in the same bracket as myrcene oil contents that is much higher than most hops varieties. Myrcene hops gives an aroma that has earthy yet citrusy tones. It is mostly used for its bittering qualities in beer which make it appropriate for early to mid additions to the brewing process.

Merkur Hops is a moderate yielder of medium size moderately compact oval cones. These cones are ready later in the season after a long season of tolerating disease and fungus that wreak havoc on other varieties. Merkur was bred for its disease resistance and tolerates Verticillium Wilt, Peronospora, and Powdery Mildew.

Merkur Hops Usage

Merkur hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Merkur hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Merkur Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for merkur hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Merkur Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 12%-16.2%Merkur Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 12 To 16.2 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 5%-7.3%Merkur Hops Beta Acid Composition - 5 To 7.3 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 17.8%-19%Merkur Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 17.8 To 19 Percent

Merkur Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Merkur Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Merkur Hops
Merkur Cone SizeMediumMerkur Hop - Medium Cone Size
Merkur Cone DensityModerateMerkur Hops - Moderate Cone Density

Merkur Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonMerkur Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Merkur Hops is Low to Moderate at 1764 - 1940 kg/hectare
Merkur Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Merkur Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,Peronospora,Powdery Mildew,
Merkur Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Excellent
StorabilityMerkur Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CMerkur Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodMerkur Hops - Good Pickability

Merkur Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition2.6-3 mls/100 gramsMerkur Hops - Total Oil Compensation 2.6-3 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition48%-48.9%Merkur Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 48-48.9 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition29%-32%Merkur Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 29-32 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition8%-9%Merkur Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 8-9 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Merkur Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Merkur Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Merkur Hops

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    Merkur Hops Use in Commercial Beers

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