|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
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Purchase Zeus Hops
Zeus hops are available to be purchased at 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 Zeus Hop
Zeus is a daughter of Nugget. Although genetically different, Zeus is often referred to as part of CTZ along with Columbus and Tomahawk, a trio of similar hops. The exact lineage of Zeus is unknown, however it is widely assumed that Brewer’s Gold and several undisclosed American varieties played significant parenting roles.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Zeus Hops
Zeus is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.
Zeus hops have aroma descriptors that include pungent, black pepper, licorice, and curry.
Read More: The Rise and Eventual Fall of the CTZ Hop
Brewing Values for Zeus Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Zeus 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.||4-6.5%5.3% 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 - 4:13:1 avg|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.||48% (Poor) 0.48|
|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 »||28-40%34% 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 »||2.4-4.5 mL3.5mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||45-60%52.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||9-18%13.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||6-11%8.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||10-40%|
Hop Pairings with Zeus 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 Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo & Cascade hops are commonly used alongside the Zeus 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 4 hops that are used with Zeus:
Beer Styles using Zeus Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Zeus hop include IPA, American Pale Ale, Stout, Barleywine & Lager.
Zeus Hop Substitutions
If the Zeus 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 Zeus substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Zeus:
Is Zeus available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Zeus 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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