Simcoe Hops

Simcoe HopsIf you are looking for a moderately high bittering hop that can be used as an pine-like aroma hop then consider using Simcoe hops…

While this hop has very good bittering potential, it’s more known for its unique pine-like aroma…

Some of the most popular beer styles where you’ll see this hop variety being used are your American ales, specially Pacific Northwest styles…

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

Simcoe Hop Profile

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 2.8
Alpha Acids: 12.0 – 14.0%
Beta Acids:
4.5 – 5.0%
15 – 20% of alpha acids

Total Oils: 2.0 – 2.5 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 17 – 21% of total oils
Humulene: 36 – 40% of total oils

Finding an aroma hop substitue is not easy since the pine aroma of this hop is very unique. You can however use Magnum hops as a bittering hop substitute since it’s a very clean hop with no distinctive aroma with similar amounts of alpha acids.

One of my favorite beer recipes that uses Simcoe hops is my California common or Steam beer recipe…

Steam Beer (California Common) Recipe
3 lbs Extra Light DME
3 lbs Extra Light DME (Late addition)
8 oz Caramel 60°L
4 oz Victory Malt
4 oz CaraPils
1/4 oz Northern Brewer Hops 8.5% AA (First Wort Hop)
1/2 oz Simcoe 1.3% AA (60 min)
1/2 oz Simcoe 1.3% AA (Flameout)
Wyeast 2112 – California Lager (1 Liter starter)

Ferment starting at 58 °F and let rise to 62 °F

Prime with 4.5 oz of corn sugar