Origin and Description

Saaz Hops has changed the world of brewing forever, as it is an esteemed and honored variety that helped to define beer styles such as European Lagers and Bohemian Pilsners. Saaz is a natural variety from Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) that originated from the area around the town of Saaz which is in Bohemia. This hops is also grown in Belgium and the United States and has several descendants from New Zealand including Motueka (B Saaz), and Riwaka (D Saaz).

Czech Saaz is highly sought after for use in Czech Pilsners, Lagers, and European and Belgian styles of the same. The alpha acid content in Saaz is very low at 2.0%-6.0% making this hops variety very much for use as an aromatic agent in the beer. The alpha beta ratio is 1:1.5 which is higher than most varieties and is considered to give beer a more delicate bitterness. The aroma from Saaz comes from its balanced oils, including a high level of farnesene and results in a seasoned herbal character. Saaz also comes equipped high a higher content of polyphenols which subsides the oxidation and aging process in beer, giving it a longer shelf life.

Saaz Hops lacks both a strong yield as well as resistance to the crippling mildews. Maturity and growth habit in Saaz Hops are both mixed depending on where it is grown. And it produces small and light cones that can be difficult to harvest. That has not slowed down the demand for Saaz Hops on the commercial beer markets, and is a staple to many breweries around the world.

Saaz Hops Usage

Saaz hops is aromatic qualities.
Saaz hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.

Saaz Hops Characteristics

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

Saaz Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 2%-6%Saaz Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 2 To 6 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-8%Saaz Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 8 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 24%-28%Saaz Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 24 To 28 Percent

Saaz Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Saaz Lupulin ColorPale YellowPale Yellow Lupulin Color for Saaz Hops
Saaz Cone SizeSmall to MediumSaaz Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Saaz Cone DensityLoose to ModerateSaaz Hops - Loose to Moderate Cone Density

Saaz Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonSaaz Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Saaz Hops is Low at 800 - 1350 kg/hectare
Saaz Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Saaz Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,Wilt;,
Saaz Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor
StorabilitySaaz Hops maintains 45%-55% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSaaz Hops Storability - Poor
Ease of HarvestPoor to GoodSaaz Hops - Poor to Good Pickability

Saaz Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.4-0.7 mls/100 gramsSaaz Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.4-0.7 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition20%-42%Saaz Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 20-42 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition19%-45%Saaz Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 19-45 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6%-12%Saaz Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6-12 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition11%-15%Saaz Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 11-15 Percent

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