Purchase Saphir Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Saphir Hop
Saphir hops were bred at the Hop Research Center in Hull. It was released to the public in 2002.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Saphir Hops
Saphir is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Saphir hops have aroma descriptors that include spicy, fruity and floral with hints of tangerine tones.
Brewing Values for Saphir Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Saphir 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.||4-7%5.5% 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 - 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 »||12-17%14.5% 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 »||0.8-1.4 mL1.1mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||25-40%32.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||20-30%25% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||9-14%11.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||15-46%|
Beer Styles using Saphir Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Saphir hop include Pilsner, German Lager, Belgian Ale & Wheat.
Saphir Hop Substitutions
If the Saphir 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 Saphir substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Saphir:
Is Saphir available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Saphir 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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