|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
Purchase Multihead Hops
Multihead 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 Multihead Hop
Also known as Medusa hops.
US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Multihead Hops
Multihead is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Multihead is a neomexicanus breed so named for its tendency to produce dual cones. Low alpha acid levels and high oil content make this hop perfect for packing flavor and aroma into your beer. Known for imparting intense tropical flavors of melon, guava, apricot and citrus. Although primarily used as a late addition, Multihead is known to contribute a mellow, peachy character when added early in the boil.
Brewing Values for Multihead Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Multihead 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.||5.5-8%6.8% 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.||0:1 - 1:11:1 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 »||45%45% 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 »||0.5-1.5 mL1mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||47-49%48% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||Unknown|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||Unknown|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||Unknown|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||51-53%|
Beer Styles using Multihead Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Multihead hop include Pale Ale, IPA & Cream Ale.
Multihead Hop Substitutions
If the Multihead 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 Multihead substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Multihead:
Is Multihead available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Multihead 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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