Crystal T-90 Hop Pellets - 1 lb
US Crystal T90 Hop Pellets, 1 Pound sealed bulk package
Crystal is the half sister of Liberty, Ultra and Mt. Hood, and was developed in a 1983 program in an effort to produce a more 'noble' American hop variety. It's parentage includes Hallertau Mittelfrueh and an American male variety, USDA 21381M, which claims parentage to Cascade.
Often used as an American alternative to Hallertau, Crystal lends a more pungent bitterness in early additions, with potential for some pithy, orange peel characteristics. This hop shines in later additions with less of it's distinct pungency and is wonderful in lighter and Beglian beer styles, as well as adding a fruity, earthy punch to hoppy styles. Crystal is also ideal in barleywines and high gravity Belgian styles that are bound for the cellar due to typically high beta acid content.
Aroma and Flavor
Expect notes of slightly spicy, earthy wood, pine and citrus. Known for adding some 'noble' like spice elements, akin to very subtle pumpkin pie spice notes, Crystal can also add light, fruity apricot notes and chamomile. When added heavily to hoppy beers it can give some subtle pungent pine mixed with fresh lime, zesty orange peel and hints of light lemongrass.
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If you’ve tasted Sierra Nevada beer, you’ve tasted Crystal hops. I think these hops are under-rated, and have a really killer, multi use flavor and aroma. They’re great for bittering, especially in dank-y beers, but give you very cool earthy, spicy characteristic that stands up really well in lighter styles like blondes and Belgian Wits.
Average Acid Content
|Alpha Acids:||3.0% - 6.2%|
|Beta Acids:||4.5% - 6.5%|
|Co-Humulone:||20% - 36%|
Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)
|Total Oils:||0.8 - 2.0 mL/100g|
|Myrcene:||40% - 65%|
|Humulene:||18% - 24%|
|Caryophyllene:||4% - 8%|
|B-Pinene:||0.4% - 1.0%|
|Linalool:||0.6% - 1.0%|
|Geraniol:||0.4% - 0.7%|
Possible Substitutes for Crystal
The commonly accepted substitutes for Crystal are Hallertau Mittelfrueh, which will be more mild and less pungent, Liberty, which is a sister variety and will be more mild with light spice, and Mt. Hood, which will be more herbal, floral and clean.
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