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Ahtanum Hop United States of America Hop

Ahtanum Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:AHT
Cultivar/Brand ID:YCR 1 CV
Ownership:® Yakima Chief Ranches

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Origin and Geneology of the Ahtanum Hop

Ahtanum was bred by Yakima Chief Ranches. Lineage is unknown except for the fact that it was open pollinated. It was released by YCR in 1997.

US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Ahtanum Hops

Ahtanum is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.

Ahtanum hops have aroma descriptors of citrus grapefruit and geranium and along with floral, piney and earth tones. Not as bitter as other hops, and used primarily for its aromatic properties.

Tags: #citrus  #grapefruit  #geranium  #pine  #earthy  #floral  #cedar  #lemon 

Brewing Values for Ahtanum Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Ahtanum hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.

Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness. Learn more »
5% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.4-6.5%
5.3% avg
Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.1:1 - 2:1
1:1 avg
Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.70% (Poor)
Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »30-35%
32.5% avg
Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »0.5-1.7 mL
1.1mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 45-55%
50% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 15-22%
18.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 9-12%
10.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 10-31%

Hop Pairings with Ahtanum Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Amarillo, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial & Cascade hops are commonly used alongside the Ahtanum hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.

Here is the relative frequency of the top 5 hops that are used with Ahtanum:

Beer Styles using Ahtanum Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Ahtanum hop include Lager, IPA & Pale Ale.

Ahtanum Hop Substitutions

If the Ahtanum hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of choosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your Ahtanum substitutions.

Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Ahtanum:

Is Ahtanum available in lupulin powder?

Yes! There is a version of the Ahtanum hop in lupulin powder form. Ahtanum lupulin powder is suggested to be used at about half the amount as you'd normally use with pellets. The Cryo/LupuLN2 (Yakima Chief Hops), Lupomax (Haas) and Hopsteiner products are pure concentrated lupulin powder, which add big flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.

Ahtanum Hop Statistics

We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports[2] and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Ahtanum hop:

  • Ahtanum has the second highest increase of production yield between 2014-2019 of existing hops that were not newly introduced.
  • In 2019, Ahtanum was the 26th most produced hop in the United States.

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