Columbus (CTZ) T-90 Hop Pellets - 2oz
US Columbus (CTZ) T-90 Hop Pellets 2 oz sealed package
Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus were three hop varieties that were so similar that after all three were patented by different growers, gas chromatography revealed that they were the same hop variety. This popular bittering variety has found traction as an aroma hop in recent years for it's dank and piney characteristics.
Columbus (CTZ) has traditionally been used as an all around bittering hop in both craft brewing and homebrewing due to high alpha acids. It lends a clean and gently resinous bitter profile that seems to work with most beer styles. Late additions and dry hop additions are ideal for piney, dank and resinous hoppy beers. This hop helps push out brighter, fruity and citrus characteristics when used with brighter hops by adding contrast to the profile.
Aroma and Flavor
Known for being dank, resinous, earthy and spicy, Columbus (CTZ) is one of the most desired hops for emulating a cannabis-like character in hoppy beers. Expect a distinct pungent dank-ness or resinous character with highlights of black pepper and gentle undertones of licorice. In freshly carbonated hoppy beers, a gentle, subtle citrus character can be found, although it fades into the piney character very quickly.
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Ok, I know it seems old school, but Columbus (also called CTZ because genetically it is identical to both Tomahawk and Zeus hops) has it’s place in every brewery. Commercially, many breweries use it just for bittering, which is clean and a bit dank, but balanced in a big, West Coast Style IPA, it gives you a wonderfully cannabis dankness that no other hop can really deliver. If you’ve ever drank a Pliny, you know what I mean!
Average Acid Content
|Alpha Acids:||14.5% - 17.0%|
|Beta Acids:||4.0% - 5.5%|
|Co-Humulone:||28% - 32%|
Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)
|Total Oils:||2.5 - 4.5 mL/100g|
|Myrcene:||40% - 55%|
|Humulene:||9% - 18%|
|Caryophyllene:||8% - 11%|
|B-Pinene:||0.6% - 1.0%|
|Linalool:||0.4% - 0.6%|
|Geraniol:||0.2% - 0.5%|
Possible Substitutes for Columbus (CTZ)
The commonly accepted substitutes for Columbus (CTZ) are Chinook, which will be brighter and more citrusy, Millennium, which leans more towards a 'cleaner', less resinous earthy characteristic, and Nugget, which is distinctly more herbal and less earthy.
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