When looking at possible aroma hops to use for American ales and lager beers, Athanum hops may make your list. These hops are known for their floral, citrus, sharp and piney aromatics, though they can also give you moderate bittering.
These hops are very similar to Cascade hops in color, flavor and smell, but are less bitter than Cascade hops.
Originally this hop type was bred by Yakima Chief Ranches who got the name from an area nearby. I used to live up near Seattle, WA and didn’t realize how close I was to many fresh beer ingredients until I moved…
Here’s what you need to know about these hops:
Athanum Hops Alpha Acid%
3.5 – 6.3%
Athanum Hops Beta Acid%
5 – 6.5%
Athanum Hops Oil Content
0.8 – 1.5%
Athanum Hops Cohumulone
30 – 35%
Two of the most popular substitutes for athanum hops are cascade hops and amarillo hops. If the origin of the hop doesn’t matter for your beer style you can also try substituting with U.K. Challenger.
The main difference you will see with athanum hops is more of a grapefruit flavor to it. Also, one good thing about buying Athanum hops over Cascade hops is that they have slightly better storage.
This usually isn’t a problem for me since I buy as I brew, but it is something to keep in mind.
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