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What it does :

Magnum hops can be used for both bittering and aroma additions to your brew kettle. You can use Magnum hops to make the following beer styles: American Ale, Belgian Style India Pale Ale, Bitter, Blonde Ale, Bright, Dark Ale, Hefeweizen, India Pale Ale, India Pilsener, Nut Brown Ale, Pale Ale, Pilsener, Stout. Substitutes for Magnum hops include: Columbus, Nugget.

What it is:

The Magnum hop variety was the first highly bittering, super-alpha types and was originally developed in the Hallertau region of Germany during the 1880's. The pedigree of the Magnum hop is the North Ammerican Galena variety and a German developmental hop variety. The Magnum hop was bred for its excellent bittering qualities. The aromatic profile of the German-grown version is described as delicate with fruity, floral notes.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

12 - 15

Beta Acid (%):

4.5 - 5.5

Cohumulone (% of AA):

24 - 25

Total Oils (%v/w):

2 - 3

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

30 - 30

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

34 - 40

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

8 - 12

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):


Stability in storage:

Very Good


Here is some guidance for your homebrewing hop additions:

  • For bittering, add hops as desired no later then 15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For aroma, add hops 5-15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For flavor, add hops 2-5 minutes from the end of the boil.
  • For dry-hop character, add directly to the primary or secondary fermenter.
  • 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 Magnum hops in your next homebrew recipe.


    In general, you prepare your hops for use in beermaking by:

  • Ensuring that they are stored in sealed containers under refrigeration for maximum freshness prior to use.
  • Pre-measuring the amounts you plan to add for different stages of the wort boil.
  • Note that hops are available to brewers in a variety of forms (whole, plug, pellet).

    Related Links

    Hop Bill
    Hop Utilization
    Hop Alpha Acid Loss
    Weight Conversion
    Color Conversion