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Akoya Hops

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A great German-cultivated hop is Akoya. Its an aroma hop that was crossed in the Hopsteiner breeding program from the Zenith and a male Hopsteiner breeding line. Its often said to have a black tea characteristic and has hints of herbs and citrus. Its primary use is as an aroma hop for late boil additions, flameout additions, and dry-hopping.

Akoya works particularly well in Bitters, Pilsners, and Golden Ales.

Usage:Aroma
Country of Origin:Germany
Hop Growers Code:#99/268

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Akoya Flavor And Aroma

Akoya is an aroma hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:

herbal

herbal, mint notes, black tea

citrus

citrus

Akoya Hop Oil Breakdown

Hop oils can vary year to year and farm to farm but based on our research, here are the typical values we have seen reported. This information comes from various hop farms, The Hop Aroma Compendium, and For The Love Of Hops.

Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are what is isomerized when boiling to create bitterness in beer.
9% – 10%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
4% – 5%
Alpha-Beta Ratio
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
2:1 – 3:1
Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
27% – 30%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
0.2mL – 4mL
Myrcene
green, resinous
Data Not Available
Humulene
woody, piney
Data Not Available
Caryophyllene
woody
Data Not Available
Farnesene
floral
Data Not Available
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selineneData Not Available
Hop Storage Index (HSI)
The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C).
Data Not Available
Hop Storage Index (HSI) RatingData Not Available

Akoya Hop Substitutions

Replacing one hop for another is seldom straightforward but sometimes you don’t have the right hop or the right quantity of hops for the beer you want to make. For those situations, we have made a comprehensive list of hops to substitute on brew day.

These substitutions aren’t perfect as hop chemistry is pretty complex.

We wanted to make this list of substitutions with varietals that are easy to find when possible. For Akoya, we recommend substituting with the following hops:

Beer Styles

For the most part, any hop could have a place in just about any beer style. Based on popular beers, historical usage, and our own preferences, we would recommend using Akoya hops for Alt, Pilsner, Lager, Helles, and Kolsch. That being said, experiment and see what works best for you.

References

https://www.hopslist.com/
https://www.ars.usda.gov/
https://www.brewersassociation.org/
https://www.barthhaasx.com/
https://www.yakimachief.com/
Hieronymus, Stan. For The Love of Hops. Brewers Publications, 2012
The Hop Aroma Compendium. 2012