Willamette Hops is an aroma variety with a low alpha acid content at 4.0%-6.0%. Although Willamette can contribute slightly to the bittering of a homebrew or craft beer, Willamette dominates its usage for its flavor and aroma. Of the oils in Willamette, myrcene (30.0%-55.0%), humulene (20.0%-30.0%), as well as farnesene (5.0%-6.0%) are all elevated above the norm. This results in a delicate peppery herbaceous spice that has both fruit and floral essence.
Pedigree: Triploid seedling of the English Fuggle variety
Brewing Usage: Aroma
Aroma: Mild and pleasant with spicy and floral tones
Alpha Acids: 4.0 – 6.0%
Beta Acids: 3.0 – 4.5%
Co-Humulone: 30 – 35% of alpha acids
Storage Stability: 60 – 65% alpha remaining after 6 months
Total Oil: 1.0 – 1.5 mL/100g
Myrcene: 30 – 40% of total oil
Humulene: 20 – 27% of total oil
Caryophyllene: 6 – 8% of total oil Farnesene: 5 – 6% of total oil
General Trade Perception: A quality aroma hop with low alpha content Possible Substitutions: Fuggle, Glacier, Styrian Golding, Tettnang
Typical Beer Styles: English-style Ales, Brown Ale, Lager, Pale Ale
Additional Information: Until recently the most widely grown aroma hop in the US; released from the USDA breeding program in 1976.
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