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Purchase Merkur Hops
Merkur 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 Merkur Hop
Merkur is a cross between Magnum and the German experimental variety 81/8/13. It was released in 2001.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Merkur Hops
Merkur is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Merkur has aroma descriptors that include sugar, pineapple and mint. In some dual-purpose applications, Merkur displays subtle earth and citrus notes.
Brewing Values for Merkur Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Merkur 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.||4.5-7.3%5.9% 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 »||17-20%18.5% 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 »||2-3 mL2.5mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||45-50%47.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||28-32%30% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-10%9% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||7-19%|
Beer Styles using Merkur Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Merkur hop include IPA, Lager, Belgian Ale, Pilsner & Stout.
Merkur Hop Substitutions
If the Merkur 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 Merkur substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Merkur:
Is Merkur available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Merkur 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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