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Amethyst Hops

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Amethyst is a variant of Saaz. With its spicy characteristics and a Myrcene content of over 45%, it is a fantastic hop aroma hop for Pale Ales and big body lagers. It is said to have an earthiness that would make it perfect for Saisons and farmhouse ales as well.

Amethyst has a rich tradition, and Czech hops always have a strong and pronounced flavoring that is easy to recognize. Unfortunately, it is also a hop that is hard to substitute for, so be sure you have enough on hand to get through your brew day.

Usage:Aroma
Country of Origin:Czech Republic
Hop Growers Code:N/A

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Amethyst Hops
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Amethyst Flavor And Aroma

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

pine trees

earthy

citrus

citrus

spices

spice

Amethyst 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.
2% – 6%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
7% – 8%
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.
0:1 – 1:1
Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
20% – 28%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
0.4mL – 1mL
Myrcene
green, resinous
42%
Humulene
woody, piney
19%
Caryophyllene
woody
6%
Farnesene
floral
0% – 1%
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene29% – 36%
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

Amethyst 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 Amethyst, 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 Amethyst hops for Pale Ale, Lager, Saison, Farmhouse, and Mexican Lager. 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