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What it does :
Challenger hops can be used for both bittering and aroma additions to your brew kettle. You can use Challenger hops to make the following beer styles: Barley Wine, Belgian Blonde Ale, Bitter, Brown Ale, English Ale, English Brown Ale, Extra Special Bitter, Golden Ale, Pale Ale, Porter, Red Ale, Stout. Substitutes for Challenger hops include: British Columbian Goldings, East Kent Golding, Northern Brewer, Phoenix, Styrian Goldings, Target.
What it is:
The Challenger hop is a crossbreed between a Northern Brewer variety and a mildew-resistant strain of the Target hop. It was released in 1972. Challenger is mainly sought for its bittering uses but it also has a mild to moderately spicy, hoppy aromatic character as well.
Here is some guidance for your homebrewing hop additions:
The specific hop amount needed for a 5 gallon (18.9 liter) batch will vary. The main factors that determine the quantity of hops that you need are the alpha acid content of your hops, the boiling time that you select, and the bitterness targets for your recipe.
Use our Hop Utilization, Hop Bill, and Hop Alpha Acid Loss Calculators to help you do the math to help determine how to best use Challenger hops in your next homebrew recipe.
In general, you prepare your hops for use in beermaking by:
Note that hops are available to brewers in a variety of forms (whole, plug, pellet).
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