Purchase Vital Hops
Vital 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 Vital Hop
Vital was selected from breeding material with origin in Agnus. It was developed by the Zatac breeding program. it was registered in 2008.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Vital Hops
Vital is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Vital hops have key flavors of plum, lavender, spice and licorice. It is very useful for bittering.
Brewing Values for Vital Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Vital 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.||6-11%8.5% 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.||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 »||21-26%23.5% 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 »||1.1-2.5 mL1.8mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||40-60%50% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||2-5%3.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||5-8%6.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||1-3%2% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||24-52%|
Vital Hop Substitutions
If the Vital 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 Vital substitutions.
There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.
Is Vital available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Vital hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
Vital Hop Statistics
We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Vital hop:
- Vital is the result of hop breeding for pharmaceutical and biomedical purposes and shows high contents of Xanthohumol and DMX.
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