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Purchase Relax Hops
Relax 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 Relax Hop
Relax hops come from a Huell breeding line.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Relax Hops
Relax is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
With cornflower and the aroma of alpine meadows to lemongrass and hibiscus, Relax hops have a refreshing profile. When a cold extraction with this variety is completed, notes of honeydew melon are present.
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Brewing Values for Relax Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Relax 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.||10-15%12.5% 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 - 0:10:1 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 »||Unknown|
|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 »||1-1.3 mL1.2mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||17-30%23.5% 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||70-83%|
Beer Styles using Relax Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Relax hop include Altbier, Kolsch & Blond Ale.
Relax Hop Substitutions
If the Relax 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 Relax substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Relax:
Is Relax available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Relax 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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