|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
Purchase Cluster Hops
Cluster 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 of Cluster Hops
Cluster's pedigree is not known but it is possibly the result of a cross between an English variety and an American male hop. Cluster is one of the oldest hop varieties grown in the United States.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Cluster Hops
Cluster is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Cluster has specific aroma descriptors that include floral, earthy and sweet fruit. Cluster is an excellent dual-purpose hop and is often used in the reproduction of historical beer styles.
#floral #earthy #sweet_fruit
Brewing Values for Cluster Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Cluster 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.
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||4.5-6%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 - 2:11:1 avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.||33-43%38% 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 »||0.4-1 mL0.7mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||38-46%42% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||15-20%17.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-10%9% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||23-39%|
Beer Styles using Cluster Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Cluster hop include Ale, Lager, Stout & Porter.
Cluster Hop Substitutions
If the Cluster hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with one of these other hops for a similar outcome:
Is Cluster available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Cluster hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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