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Purchase Helga Hops
Helga 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 Helga Hop
Helga was bred by Hop Products Australia from Hallertau Mittelfrüh and was formerly known as "Southern Hallertau". It was released to the public in 1986.
2017 was the last harvest of Helga by HPA, as it was retired.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Helga Hops
Helga is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Specific aroma descriptors include pleasant, noble characteristics. Its brewing characteristics resemble that of Hallertau Mittelfrüher, however it demonstrates a forgiving and refined character in a variety of beer styles and hop applications.
Brewing Values for Helga Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Helga 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.||5-7%6% 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 - 1:11:1 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 »||20-23%21.5% 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 »||0.6-1 mL0.8mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||1-13%7% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||35-55%45% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||10-45%27.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||0-54%|
Beer Styles using Helga Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Helga hop include Ale & Lager.
Helga Hop Substitutions
If the Helga 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 Helga substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Helga:
Is Helga available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Helga 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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