If you are looking for a strong bittering hop variety, you may find what you’re looking for with Chinook Hops. I used these hops for an IPA and I gotta say, they are powerful, so use them in moderation.
These hops were bred by crossing a Petham Golding with a USDA 63012 male hop known to have high alpha acids. It was first released in 1985 and it is becoming extremely popular in the home brewing community as well as micro-breweries.
The storage properties of this hops are fair holding up to 70% of alpha acids after 6 months of storage at 70 F.
Here’s what you need to know about these hops:
Chinook Hops Alpha Acid %
10 – 14 %
Chinook Hops Beta Acid %
3 – 4 %
Chinook Hops Oil Content
1.5 – 2.5 %
Chinook Hops Cohumulone %
29 – 34 %
Some of the most popular beer styles where you’ll see these hops being used are Pale Ales, IPA, Stouts, Porters and even some lagers. They are primarily used as a bittering hop, but they do have a mild to medium-heavy, spicy, piney and grapefruity aroma and flavor.
If you are wondering about possible Chinook hops substitutes, you can try Nugget hops, Columbus hops or mix together Galena hops and Cluster hops. Keep in mind that Columbus hops don’t have much spicyness, but they have a pungent aroma.
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