Developed and released in 2014 by Hop Breeding Company in Yakima, WA, Ekuanot (HBC 366) has an extremely high oil content. It has intense and unique fruity and citrus notes including melon, berry, orange peel, lime, apple, papaya and contains some spicy, green pepper notes. Ekuanot is great for all beer styles but really shines in IPAs and other hop-forward beers.
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Hop Growers Code:||EKU|
Where To Buy Ekuanot Hops
Ekuanot is a newer hop varietal that has received much acclaim. Ekuanot is described as having aromas of melon, berry, orange peel, lime, papaya, pine, and fresh peppers.
Ekuanot Flavor And Aroma
Ekuanot is an aroma hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
lime, orange peel
Ekuanot 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.
|14% – 16%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|4% – 5.5%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|2:1 – 4:1|
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|33% – 37%|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|2mL – 4.5mL|
|30% – 40%|
|15% – 20%|
|8% – 12%|
|0.1% – 1%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||24.9% – 46.1%|
|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).
|Retains 60% – 65% of its alpha acid after 6 months of storage at 20ºC (68ºF).|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Fair|
Ekuanot 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 Ekuanot, we recommend substituting with the following hops:
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 Ekuanot hops for IPA, IPL, Pale Ale, American Sour Ale, and Wheat Ale. That being said, experiment and see what works best for you.
Hieronymus, Stan. For The Love of Hops. Brewers Publications, 2012
The Hop Aroma Compendium. 2012