|Country:||New Zealand (NZ)|
|Ownership:||™ NZ Hops, Ltd.|
Purchase Waimea Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Waimea Hop
Waimea as parentage stemming from Californian Late Cluster, Fuggle and Saaz. It was released in 2012.
New Zealand hops begin to be harvested in late February or March and continues through to early April.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Waimea Hops
Waimea is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Waimea hops have aroma descriptors that include lots of pine and citrus characters along with intense tangelo or mandarin.
Brewing Values for Waimea Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Waimea 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.||7.0-9.0%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 - 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 »||22-24%23% 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 »||1.8-2.3 mL2.1mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||59-61%60% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||9-10%9.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||2-3%2.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||4-6%5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||20-26%|
Beer Styles using Waimea Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Waimea hop include Pale Ale, IPA & Lager.
Waimea Hop Substitutions
If the Waimea 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 Waimea substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Waimea:
Is Waimea available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Waimea 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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