Cluster Hops

Cluster HopsIf you are looking for a mild bittering hop that will give your beers a floral and spicy characteristic, then you may want to consider the Cluster Hop variety.

The moderate levels of alpha acids make this a good dual purpose hop for bittering and flavor/aroma.

Some of the most popular beer styles that use this hop are Ales looking for a spicy or floral aroma or lagers looking for a mild bittering. This hop is also common in Stouts.

Here are some of the most important characteristics of this hop:

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 1.2
Alpha Acids: 5.5 – 8.5%
Beta Acids:
4.5 – 5.5%
Co-humulone:
36 -42% of alpha acids

Total Oils: 0.4 – 0.8 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 45 – 55% of total oils
Humulone: 15 – 18% of total oils

Some possible substitutions for this hop could be Ahtanum hops which is similar in alpha acid content and also gives you a floral characteristic…

Cascade hops for aroma (though cascade is also a bit spicy) or Columbus hops for bittering hops…