Origin and Description
Southern Star Hops came from the same breeding program in South Africa that produced both Outeniqua and Southern Promise. These two revolutionized hops cultivation in South Africa by producing day neutral varieties, or breeds that could grow in the minimal daylight hours of the region. Southern Star came nearly a decade later (2001) and was a cross between Outeniqua and a South African Male.
Southern Star is a bittering hops with an alpha acid content at 12.0%-14.0%, which is among the highest for the region. Southern Star also has a relatively high level of co-humulone at 31.0% which is not a desirable trait to some brewers. All of the oils in Southern Star are elevated compared to most varieties including farnesene oil which comes in at 12.0%. The aroma will come through in the brewing process, and carries a submissive yet appetizing seasoned spicy tang.
Southern Star is a strong grower and produces well. The medium size tight hop cones are harvested mid season, and Southern Star is not associated with any weakness to mildew or wilt. It is a versatile hops that is going to be useful for any beer needing some bittering foundation marked with some aromatic character.
Southern Star Hops Usage
Southern Star hops is commonly used as as bittering agent in beer.
Southern Star Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for southern star hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Southern Star Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition
|Beta Acid Composition
Southern Star Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Southern Star Lupulin Color||Pale Yellow|
|Southern Star Cone Size||Medium|
|Southern Star Cone Density||Moderate to Compact|
Southern Star Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Southern Star Hops is Moderate to High at 1587 - 2469 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Southern Star Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Southern Star Hops Oil Composition
Southern Star Hops Substitutes
|Outeniqua||Outeniqua Hops is one of the few varieties from South Africa including Southern Star and Southern Promise varieties. This variety was bred from Atlas and a wil...|
Common Beer Styles for Southern Star Hops
|India Pale Ale|
Southern Star Hops Use in Commercial Beers