Spalter Select Hop
Purchase Spalter Select Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Spalter Select Hop
Spalter Select is a cross from 76/18/80 and 71/16/7, released in 1993 by the Hop Research Center in Hüll, Germany. It was bred to be like the Spalt, Tettnang, and Saaz groups.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Spalter Select Hops
Spalter Select is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Sometimes referred to as just "Select", Spalter Select hops have aroma descriptors that include spicy and grass.
Brewing Values for Spalter Select Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Spalter Select 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.||2.5-5%3.8% 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.||1:1 - 3:12:1 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 »||21-27%24% 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 »||0.5-0.9 mL0.7mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||20-40%30% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||10-22%16% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||4-10%7% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||15-22%18.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||6-51%|
Beer Styles using Spalter Select Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Spalter Select hop include Kolsch, Belgian Ale, French Ale & Lager.
Spalter Select Hop Substitutions
If the Spalter Select 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 Spalter Select substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Spalter Select:
Is Spalter Select available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Spalter Select 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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