Just like the name implies, Cluster hops came about by crossing all kinds of English hop varieties and American male hops. Some say there is some Dutch varieties in there as well… a cluster, ummm… yeah…
Mainly used for bittering although it does have good aroma, so it is considered a general purpose hop.
These are great hops to buy in bulk since they have pretty good storage abilities keeping up to 85% of their alpha acids after six months storage at 70 F.
If you are looking at getting rhizomes and growing your own, know that they are very susceptible to downy mildew and powdery mildew.
Here’s what you need to know about these hops:
Cluster Hops Alpha Acid %
5.5 – 8.5 5
Cluster Hops Beta Acid %
4 – 6 %
Cluster Hops Oil Content
0.4 – 0.8 %
Cluster Hops Cohumulone %
36 – 42 %
Beer styles known to use this variety are lager beers for bittering and ale beers for aroma. It has a medium and quite spicy flavor. A possible cluster hop substitute could be galena hops, but it has more of a citrusy flavor instead of a spicy flavor. You can also try Northern brewer hops which has some wild tones but both of these hops are considered to have a medium but pleasant hoppiness flavor.
Buy Cluster Pellet Hops (1 oz)
Buy Cluster Pellet Hops (1 Lb)
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