|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
|Ownership:||™ Great Lake Hops|
Purchase Mackinac Hops
Mackinac 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 Mackinac Hop
Mackinac was released from the GLH trials and breeding program in 2014.
US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Mackinac Hops
Mackinac is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
This super-aroma hop has proven to execute wide utility and flavorful new beer styles that are trending toward these aromas and flavors. The moderately low cohumulone offers brewers a smoother brewing profile with excellent foam characteristics. It has gained traction and praise across the United States since and has not only increased in demand but cannot be planted quickly enough to fulfill requests.
Brewing Values for Mackinac Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Mackinac 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.||2.8-4%3.4% 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.||2:1 - 5:14:1 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 »||28-35%31.5% 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 »||1.5-2.2 mL1.9mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||15-17%16% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||11-12%11.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||4-5%4.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||1-2%1.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||64-69%|
Beer Styles using Mackinac Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Mackinac hop include IPA, Pale Ales & IPL.
Mackinac Hop Substitutions
If the Mackinac 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 Mackinac substitutions.
There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.
Is Mackinac available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Mackinac 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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