Origin and Description
Northern Brewer Hops is an England native who is seeing its days live out mainly in Germany and the U.S. There is a separate U.S. hops variety that was bred in the United States that has similar properties. This dual use hops had a higher alpha acid content for the time, however super alphas have doubled, even tripled the content since back in the day. With that said Northern Brewer hops grown in Germany, sometimes referred to as Hallertau Northern Brewer if grown in the region, has made its mark and is used throughout beer styles such as European Ales, Lagers, and Pilsners. It is also synonymous with steam beers as in Anchor Steam.
Northern Brewer hops is used for both bittering and aroma additions in the kettle. It has an alpha acid content of 7.0%-10.0% and is a well rounded variety. The bitterness is moderate and the aroma comes off as plump. As one of Germany's main high alpha hops, Northern Brewer is both versatile yet refined.
Northern Brewer hops yields moderately loose medium size cones early to mid season. This hops variety does not share the resilience to protect itself from downy or powdery mildew, but does store well at 70%-80% alpha acid retention after 6 months at 20 degrees Celsius. Bittburger and Anchor are only a few of the commercial breweries who are paying attention to this variety.
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Usage
Northern Brewer (GR) hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for northern brewer (gr) hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition
|Beta Acid Composition
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Northern Brewer (GR) Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Northern Brewer (GR) Cone Size||Medium|
|Northern Brewer (GR) Cone Density||Loose to Moderate|
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Early to Mid Season|
|Yield||Yield for Northern Brewer (GR) Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 2150 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Northern Brewer (GR) Hops maintains 70%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Oil Composition
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Substitutes
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Common Beer Styles for Northern Brewer (GR) Hops
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Use in Commercial Beers