Helga hops originate from Australia and were bred in 1986 as a descendant of Hallertau Mittelfrüh. This cultivar was developed to maintain the noble aroma of its parent while offering versatility in brewing applications.
The aroma profile of Helga hops is characterized by floral and spicy notes. This hop variety is easy to work with and provides a pleasant result regardless of its addition point during brewing.
Helga hops suit various beer styles, including Pale Ales, Lagers, Pilsners, Belgian Ales, and Wheat Beers.
|Country of Origin:||Australia|
|Hop Growers Code:||A-86-29|
Where To Buy Helga Hops
Helga Flavor And Aroma
Helga is an aroma hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
Helga Hop Oil Breakdown
Hop oils can vary from 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.
|5.4% – 7.3%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|5% – 7%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|20% – 23%|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|0.6mL – 1.0mL|
|1% – 13%|
|35% – 55%|
|10% – 15%|
|0% – 1%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||0% – 54%|
|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) Rating||Data Not Available|
Helga 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 Helga, 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 Helga for IPA, New England IPA, Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Golden 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