Origin and Description
Smaragd Hops, translated as Emerald, comes from the Hop Research Institute in Hull German. Smaragd is a recent addition to this infinitely large and perceivably small world of brewing earth's nectar. Smaragd Hops introduction comes around the same time as the debut as Opal and Saphir, which is around the turn of the century, and are all considered noble-like hops due to their low co-humulone contributions.
Smaragd Hops is an aroma variety and has a low alpha acid content at 4.0%-6.0%. The bitterness from Smaragd comes through, and is considered balanced and noticeable. The oils in Smaragd Hops highlight an elevation of humulene oil, reaching 30.0%-50.0%. Humulene occurs naturally in other plants including Basil and Clove and is itself associated with a woodsy spicy flavor, while the aroma is herbaceous. Smaragd Hops, with the other oils combined, has a flowery, fruity fragrance.
Smaragd Hops is new and is difficult to find in many commercial beers. The mid to late harvest of this variety is after a growing season that is resistant to wilt, downy mildew, and powdery mildew. Smaragd has some characteristics that are close to Hallertauer Tradition, including the alpha acid, co-humulone content, and fragrance. With that said, Smaragd is going to be ideal for German-style Lagers and Pilsners.
Smaragd Hops Usage
Smaragd hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.
Smaragd Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for smaragd hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Smaragd Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||4%-6%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.5%-5.5%|
Smaragd Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Smaragd Lupulin Color||Pale Yellow|
Smaragd Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Mid to Late Season|
|Yield||Yield for Smaragd Hops is Low to Moderate at 1651 - 1651 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
Wilt,Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,
|Storability||Smaragd Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Unknown|
Smaragd Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.4-0.8 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||20%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||30%-50%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||9%-14%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Smaragd Hops Substitutes
|Hallertauer Tradition||Hallertauer Tradition is another invention of the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany, and was bred for is resistance and tolerance to disease and fungus. I...|
Common Beer Styles for Smaragd Hops
|India Pale Ale|
Smaragd Hops Use in Commercial Beers
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