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Motueka Hop New Zealand Hop

Motueka Hop

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Country:New Zealand (NZ)
International Code:MKA
Cultivar/Brand ID:87.14-20
Ownership:™ NZ Hops Ltd.

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Purchase Motueka Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Motueka Hop

New Zealand Motueka as released in 1998 from Hort Research. It was bred from a cross between Saaz and a New Zealand breeding selection. Initially called Belgian Saaz, or abbreviated to 'B' Saaz.

New Zealand hops begin to be harvested in late February or March and continues through to early April.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Motueka Hops

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

The Motueka hop has specific aroma descriptors include distinctive fresh crushed citrus, mojito lime character, lively lemon and lime tones with background hints of tropical fruit. It also has fresh herbal notes (basil, rosemary) and hints of dried orchard fruit around the edges. Motueka was originally bred as a dual-purpose hop because of its balanced bitterness and new world “noble” type aroma.

The weight of oil to alpha integrates it fully with higher gravity types to balance both malt sweetness and body. Extremely versatile in the brewery.

Tags: #citrus  #mojito  #lime  #lemon  #tropical_fruit  #floral 

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Brewing Values for Motueka Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Motueka 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 »
6.8% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.5.0-5.5%
5.3% 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 - 2:1
1:1 avg
Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.35% (Fair)
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 »25-35%
30% 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 »0.8-1.0 mL
0.9mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 47-48%
47.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 3-4%
3.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 1-3%
2% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 12-13%
12.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 32-37%

Hop Pairings with Motueka Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Citra, Galaxy, El Dorado, Wai-iti, Nelson Sauvin & Vic Secret hops are commonly used alongside the Motueka hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.

Here is the relative frequency of the top 6 hops that are used with Motueka:

Beer Styles using Motueka Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Motueka hop include IPA, Pale Ale, European Lager, Belgian Ales, English Ale, Pilsner & Mexican Lager.

Motueka is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. It can be added either as a fresh hop, or via hop pellets. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Motueka hops in their recipes are Hill farmstead Single Hop Motueka Pale Ale & Other Half Motueka Daydream.

Motueka Hop Substitutions

If the Motueka 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 Motueka substitutions.

Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Motueka:

Is Motueka available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Motueka 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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