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What it does :

Ultra hops are used primarily for aroma additions to your brew kettle late in the boil. You can use Ultra hops to make the following beer styles: Blonde Ale, Bock, German-style Lager, Harvest Ale, Oktoberfest, Pale Ale, Pilsener, Wheat Beer. Substitutes for Ultra hops include: Hallertauer, Hallertauer Tradition, Liberty, Mt. Hood, Saaz, Tettnanger.

What it is:

The Ultra variety of hop was made available in 1994. It is a North American descendant of the Hallertauer and Saaz hop varieties. It also has some relationship to the Mt. Hood and Liberty hop varieties. No doubt because of its heritage, Ultra hops are noted to have an outstanding aroma profile similar to Saaz and Hallertauer varieties.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

3 - 5

Beta Acid (%):

4 - 5

Cohumulone (% of AA):

25 - 30

Total Oils (%v/w):

0.8 - 1.2

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

30 - 30

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

30 - 40

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

12 - 14

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):


Stability in storage:



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 Ultra 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