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Helios Hop

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Purpose:Dual
Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:HLO
Cultivar/Brand ID:HS15619
Ownership:™ Hopsteiner

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Purchase Helios Hops

Helios 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.

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Origin and Geneology of the Helios Hop

Helios™ is one of the most agronomically sustainable hop varieties grown today thanks to its unrivaled yield, powdery as well as downy mildew resistance, pleasant aroma and bitterness quality.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Helios Hops

Helios is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

Helios is described as low CoH, with a pleasant bitterness. It has a muted aroma with clean, soft accents. The aroma is resinous, spicy, and floral. For the farmers, it offers high yield and disease resistance.

While it is listed as a dual purpose hop, it appears to be much closer to a bittering hop.

Brewing Values for Helios Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Helios 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 »
16.8-21%
18.9% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.3.5-4.5%
4% 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.4:1 - 6:1
5:1 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 »26-29%
27.5% 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 mL
1.8mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 40-70%
55% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 19-24%
21.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 7-10%
8.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 4-6%
5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 0-30%

Helios Hop Substitutions

If the Helios 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 Helios substitutions.

There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.

Is Helios available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Helios 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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References:
  1. https://beermaverick.com/the-most-common-hops-used-in-ipas/
  2. https://beermaverick.com/analyzing-the-usa-hop-production-statistics-of-2019/

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