Liberty Hops

Liberty HopsIf you are looking for a good aroma hop with a mild and slightly spicy character, then consider using Liberty hops.

The low alpha acid content and moderate oil content makes this variety a good aroma hop for your lighter beers.

Some of the most popular beer styles that use Liberty hops are Lager, Pilsner, Bock, Wheat and Kölsch.

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

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 1.0
Alpha Acids: 3.0 – 4.5%
Beta Acids:
3.0 – 3.5%
Co-humulone:
24 – 28% of alpha acids

Total Oils: 1.0 – 1.8 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 32 – 42% of total oils
Humulene: 30 – 40% of total oils

Some possible hop substitutes you can consider are Hallertau Hops, German Hallertau, German Tradition, Mt. Hood and maybe Spalt. If you go for Hallertau hops, just note that it will add a bit of a flowery character, not just spicy. Mount Hood hops have slightly higher alpha acid content.