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Purchase Herkules Hops
Herkules hops are available to be purchased at 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 Herkules Hop
Bred at the Hop Research Center in Hüll and released in 2006, Herkules is a daughter of Hallertau Taurus.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Herkules Hops
Herkules is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.
Herkules hops have aroma descriptors that include robust hoppy with some citrus and melon.
Brewing Values for Herkules Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Herkules 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.||4-5.5%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 - 4:13:1 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 »||32-38%35% 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 »||1.4-2.4 mL1.9mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||30-50%40% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||30-45%37.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||7-12%9.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||0-33%|
Beer Styles using Herkules Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Herkules hop include German Ale, German Lager & Altbier.
Herkules Hop Substitutions
If the Herkules 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 Herkules substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Herkules:
Is Herkules available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Herkules hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop variety 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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