Czech Saaz T-90 Hop Pellets - 2oz
Czech Saaz T90 Hop Pellets, 2 oz sealed package
Czech Saaz is considered one of the original 'noble' hops, and has been grown near the town of Zatec in Bohemia for generations. The unique terroir gives Saaz it's light and traditional flavor and aroma.
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Ok, I know Saaz is old school and noble, but it’s still around because of what an amazing profile it gives. Back in the day, we were playing with hop combinations and found that Saaz tossed in the whirlpool and dry hop with all of the fancy and new age tropical, bright fruit hops, seemed to accentuate all of the qualities that we wanted to get from them, while staying light, peppery and distinct in the background. Don’t believe me? Seriously, add 2 oz to your whirlpool and dry hop of your favorite flagship IPA, West Coast or East Coast, and tell me I’m wrong!!
While historically used as both aroma and bittering, Saaz lends itself more towards late additions due to typically low alpha acids. When used as a bittering addition, it provides a smooth, spicy bitterness in traditional lager styles. We've also found that it lends itself well blended with American type IPA hop varieties as a smooth, earthy contrast in citrusy IPA's and Pale Ales.
Aroma and Flavor
Expect deliciously earthy and spicy flavor and aroma characteristics, as well as a typically 'noble' floral profile. Saaz is very light, and adds a subtle touch to any beer style. Lightly herbal.
Average Acid Content
|Alpha Acids:||2.5% - 4.5%|
|Beta Acids:||4.0% - 6.0%|
|Co-Humulone:||23% - 26%|
Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)
|Total Oils:||0.4 - 0.8 mL/100g|
|Myrcene:||26% - 42%|
|Humulene:||15% - 30%|
|Caryophyllene:||6% - 9%|
|Farnesene:||14% - 20%|
|B-Pinene:||0.4% - 0.8%|
|Linalool:||0.4% - 0.6%|
|Geraniol:||0.2% - 0.3%|
Possible Substitutes for Saaz
The commonly accepted substitutes for Saaz are Tettnang, which will be less spicy and slightly more floral, Sterling, which will be more herbal and pungent, and Hallertau, which will be slightly more mild all around.
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|Hop Series Volume 3: Noble Hops|
|Hop Series Volume 4: Understanding Hop Oils|
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