Ahtanum Hops

Ahtanum HopsIf you are looking for moderate bittering hops with good aromatic properties then Ahtanum hops may be just what you are looking for…

The pedigree of Ahtanum hops is open pollination, which means the pollen (male parent) is unknown and it depends on insects, birds, wind or other natural mechanisms to pollinate or breed…

This hop is bred by Yakima Chief Ranches and are medium to late maturing meaning they spend more time before they are picked or harvested… that means you’ll want to plant them earlier to give the plant enough time to mature before picking…

Below are the characteristics of this hop variety.

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 1.1

Alpha Acids (AA%): 5.7 – 6.3%

Cohumulone % of Alpha Acids: 30 – 35%

Beta Acids: 5.0 – 6.3%

Total Oil: 0.8 – 1.2 milliliters of oil per 100 grams

Myrcene % of total oils: 50 – 55%

Humulene % of total oils: 16 – 20%

The hop aroma of Ahtanum hops is said to be floral and somewhat citrusy and piney kind of like a cross between willamette and cascade or amarillo hops. The floral and citrusy character stands out the most so possible hop substitutes for ahtanum are cascade hops or amarillo hops.

Floral and citrusy are good characteristics of American ales and you’ll find these hops being used as aroma hops and sometimes bittering hops in American ale beer recipes…

Because of the piney characteristics of this hop variety, it can also be considered for use in lager beers.