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What it does :
Crystal hops are used primarily for aroma additions to your brew kettle late in the boil. They are especially valuable for aroma and dry-hopping additions. You can use Crystal hops to make the following beer styles: Bitter, Chocolate Stout, Extra Special Bitter, Golden Ale, India Pale Ale, Light Lager, Nut Brown Ale, Pale Ale, Pilsener, Stout. Substitutes for Crystal hops include: Hallertauer, Strissel Spalt.
What it is:
The Crystal hop is a relatively recent variety and is a resulting crossbreed from sources that include Hallertauer, Cascade, and Brewer's Gold. Crystal hop aroma is mildy floral, perfume-like, with some spiciness.
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 Crystal 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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Hop Alpha Acid Loss