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Ekuanot Hop United States of America Hop

Ekuanot Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:EKU
Cultivar/Brand ID:HBC 366
Ownership:® Yakima Chief Hops

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This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Ekuanot Hop

The Ekuanot hop was developed by the Hop Breeding Company and first released in 2014 as HBC 366

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Ekuanot Hops

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

Ekuanot has fruity aromatics such as lemon, lime, pithy orange, tropical fruit, berry, papaya, and sometimes apple. Along with these there may be more herbal notes, such as sage and eucalyptus.

Tags: #lemon  #lime  #orange  #tropical_fruit  #berry  #papaya  #apple  #sage  #eucalyptus  #herbal  #melon  #citrus  #guava 

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Brewing Values for Ekuanot Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Ekuanot 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 »
14.3% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.4-5.5%
4.8% 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 - 4:1
3:1 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 »31-38%
34.5% 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 »2-4.5 mL
3.3mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 30-45%
37.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 12-20%
16% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 8-12%
10% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 22-50%

Hop Pairings with Ekuanot 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 Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Azacca, Sabro, Calypso & Cascade hops are commonly used alongside the Ekuanot 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 7 hops that are used with Ekuanot:

Beer Styles using Ekuanot Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Ekuanot hop include American Pale Ale, American IPA, American Wheat, Saison, Sour, Specialty IPA & Pilsner.

Ekuanot is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. It can be added either as a fresh hop, or via hop pellets. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Ekuanot hops in their recipes are Lagunitas Equinox Pale Ale.

Ekuanot Hop Substitutions

If the Ekuanot 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 Ekuanot substitutions.

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

Is Ekuanot available in lupulin powder?

Yes! There is a version of the Ekuanot hop in lupulin powder form. Ekuanot 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.

Ekuanot 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 Ekuanot hop:

  • Ekuanot production grew by the 8th most in the US from 2014-2019.
  • In 2019, Ekuanot was the 16th most produced hop in the United States.

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