Purchase Akoya Hops
Akoya hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.
Origin and Geneology of the Akoya Hop
Akoya was bred as a cross between Zenith and a Hopsteiner male.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Akoya Hops
Akoya is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
A classic aroma hop and was crossed in the Hopsteiner breeding program from the English variety Zenith and a male Hopsteiner breeding line. The aroma of raw hops can be described as herbal, citrus and tea-like, as well as slightly fruity with mint notes. Good resistance to diseases such as downy mildew and powdery mildew and Vertilicium wilt as well as drought stress. Main growing country is Germany.
Brewing Values for Akoya Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Akoya 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 »
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||4-5%4.5% 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.||2:1 - 3:12:1 avg|
|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 »||27-30%28.5% 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 »||1.5-2.0 mL1.8mL avg|
Beer Styles using Akoya Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Akoya hop include Alt, Pilsner, Lager, Helles, Kolsch, Golden Ale, Bitter & English IPA.
Akoya Hop Substitutions
If the Akoya 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 Akoya substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Akoya:
Is Akoya available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Akoya hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. Too bad too - it is pure hop lupulin powder, which leads to huge, concentrated flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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