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 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%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5%-7.3%|
Merkur Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Merkur Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Merkur Cone Size||Medium|
|Merkur Cone Density||Moderate|
Merkur Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Merkur Hops is Low to Moderate at 1764 - 1940 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
Verticillium Wilt,Peronospora,Powdery Mildew,
|Storability||Merkur Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Merkur Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||2.6-3 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||48%-48.9%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||29%-32%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||8%-9%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Merkur Hops Substitutes
|Hallertauer Magnum||Hallertaur Magnum is an example to the rest of the hops world that aroma isn't everything. The Hops Research Institute in Hull, Germany produced this variety t...|
Common Beer Styles for Merkur Hops
Merkur Hops Use in Commercial Beers
|Website||Brewing Company & Beer or Product|
|Sand Creek Brewing Company|
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