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Czech Saaz Whole Cone Hops - 1oz

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Czech Saaz Whole Cone Hops, 1 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.  


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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