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Sterling

Location:

United States

What it does :

Sterling hops are used primarily for aroma additions to your brew kettle late in the boil. You can use Sterling hops to make the following beer styles: American Wheat Beer, Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, Christmas Ale, Czech Doppelbock, Golden Ale, Hefeweizen, Imperial Czech Pilsener, India Pale Ale, Pilsener, Scottish Ale, Specialty Wheat Ale, Witbier. Substitutes for Sterling hops include: Mt. Hood, Saaz.

What it is:

The Sterling variety of hop was developed in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990's. It's pedigree includes the Saaz hop variety. Sterling hop aroma is pleasantly herbal and spicy, with floral and citrus notes.

Vital Statistics


Alpha Acid (%):

6 - 9

Beta Acid (%):

4 - 6

Cohumulone (% of AA):

21 - 28

Total Oils (%v/w):

1.3 - 1.9

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

44 - 44

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

19 - 23

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

5 - 8

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):

11

Stability in storage:

Average


Dosage:

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 Sterling hops in your next homebrew recipe.

    Preparation:

    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
    Sterling