Purchase Southern Star Hops
This hop variety can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Southern Star Hop
Southern Star is a diploid seedling selected from a cross of the mother Outeniqua and father OF2/93.
South African hops are usually harvested in the late summer months, which is typically around late February into March.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Southern Star Hops
Southern Star is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
This hop offers clean, crisp and efficient bittering with slight berry, floral and citrus notes. Detailed aroma descriptors include pineapple, blueberries, tangerine, tropical fruit, passion fruit, quince, pear, cassis, rose petals, orange and coffee.
Brewing Values for Southern Star Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Southern Star 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%5.8% 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.||2:1 - 5:13:1 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 »||25-31%28% 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 »||1.4-1.7 mL1.6mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||32-38%35% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||23-27%25% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||10-14%12% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||8-12%10% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||9-27%|
Hop Pairings with Southern Star Hops
Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed  hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Mosaic, Ekuanot & El Dorado hops are commonly used alongside the Southern Star 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 3 hops that are used with Southern Star:
Beer Styles using Southern Star Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Southern Star hop include Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Cream Ale, Brown Ale, German Ales, IPA, Pale Lager, Fruit Beer, Stout & Porter.
Southern Star Hop Substitutions
If the Southern Star 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 Southern Star substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Southern Star:
Is Southern Star available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Southern Star 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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