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 has bittering qualities.
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 12%-14%Southern Star Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 12 To 14 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4.8%-5.2%Southern Star Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4.8 To 5.2 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-31%Southern Star Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 31 To 31 Percent

Southern Star Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Southern Star Lupulin ColorPale YellowPale Yellow Lupulin Color for Southern Star Hops
Southern Star Cone SizeMediumSouthern Star Hop - Medium Cone Size
Southern Star Cone DensityModerate to CompactSouthern Star Hops - Moderate to Compact Cone Density

Southern Star Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonSouthern Star Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Southern Star Hops is Moderate to High at 1587 - 2469 kg/hectare
Southern Star Hops - Moderate to High Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Southern Star Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSouthern Star Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilitySouthern Star Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSouthern Star Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodSouthern Star Hops - Good Pickability

Southern Star Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.6-1.6 mls/100 gramsSouthern Star Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.6-1.6 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition38.9%-38.9%Southern Star Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 38.9-38.9 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition21.9%-21.9%Southern Star Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 21.9-21.9 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition14.6%-14.6%Southern Star Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 14.6-14.6 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition12%-12%Southern Star Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 12-12 Percent

Southern Star Hops Substitutes

OuteniquaOuteniqua 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

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Barley Wine

    Southern Star Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Castle Brewery
    Castle Lager