Purchase Zula Hops
Zula 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 Zula Hop
Zula has a pedigree of Lubelski, a Savinski Golding hybrid and a Yugoslavian male. It is a twin sister of Lunga and was released to the public in 2004.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Zula Hops
Zula is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Zula was designed as high-alpha variety, but due to “additional aroma compounds” it was sentenced to death by larger breweries. Years later it turned out that those strange aromas are tropical and citrus fruits. This hop is accompanied by short, clean bitterness when used in the early boil.
Brewing Values for Zula Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Zula 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.||3.8-7%5.4% 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 - 4:12:1 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 »||30%30% 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 »||1.1-2.0 mL1.6mL avg|
Beer Styles using Zula Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Zula hop include Grätzer.
Zula Hop Substitutions
If the Zula 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 Zula substitutions.
There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop variety. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.
Is Zula available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Zula 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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