Centennial Whole Cone Hops - 1oz
US Centennial Whole Con Hops, 1 oz sealed package
Centennial hops were released in 1990 by Washington State University, and has since found favor as one of the most used and loved varieties in craft brewing. It is often referred to as 'Super Cascade' because it has about double the alpha acids and a similar profile.
Centennial is known for it's clean, bright bitterness, and is a solid choice for bittering just about any beer style. As a late addition or dry hop, expect similar results that you would from Cascade, only slightly more canted towards the piney side of the flavor spectrum.
Aroma and Flavor
You can expect clean and bright, almost citrusy bitterness from Centennial in early boil/bittering additions. The higher alpha acids make bittering a breeze because you don't have to use quite as much to achieve your target IBU's. The flavor and aroma profile is a wonderfully balanced, two-tone palate of slightly dank pine and gently earthy floral characteristics mixed with mild but distinct citrus/grapefruit characteristics. Late additions with other 'C' hops tend to bring the fruitier terpene flavors to the foreground.
Average Acid Content
|Alpha Acids:||9.0% - 8.5%|
|Beta Acids:||3.5% - 5.0%|
|Co-Humulone:||25% - 30%|
Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)
|Total Oils:||1.5 - 2.5 mL/100g|
|Myrcene:||45% - 60%|
|Humulene:||10% - 19%|
|Caryophyllene:||5% - 8%|
|B-Pinene:||0.8% - 1.0%|
|Linalool:||0.6% - 0.9%|
|Geraniol:||1.2% - 1.8%|
Possible Substitutes for Centennial
The commonly accepted substitutes for Centennial are Cascade, which is lower in alpha acids but very similar in flavor profile, albeit a little more citrusy, Chinook, which will have slightly more pine and citrus, and Amarillo, which will have significantly more bright, citrus characteristics and less pine.
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