East Kent Golding T-90 Hop Pellets - 2oz
British East Kent Golding T90 Hop Pellets, 2 oz sealed package
East Kent Golding, commonly known as EKG, British Kent Goldings, BKG or just Kent Goldings, is a Golding variety thought to have been brought to Kent by Flemish farmers seeking to escape the Hundred Years War. Cultivation was well established by the mid 1500's, but it was in the 1790's that a Mr. Golding of the Malling quarter of the district of West Kent was propagating EKG cuttings and furnishing them to neighbors after noting their extraordinary quality.
While EKG has potential as a bittering hop, being used in some of the very first IPA's and today for English styles and lighter styles, throughout history it has most often been used for aroma additions due to it's subtle and complex character. Predictably low beta-acids make this hop a poor choice for beers that will age for extended periods, but it is a nice, somewhat neutral hop suitable for most young beer styles.
Aroma and Flavor
Expect lightly floral aroma and flavors leaning towards lavender, lemon thyme and exceedingly subtle hints of apricot. Known for it's light and complex characteristics, subtle earth and a honey-like sweetness are also described. As a bittering hop, expect more subtly distinct earthiness and very light, floral characteristics.
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I LOVE EKG,and for many years (still, if I’m being honest) I consider it the best for lighter ale styles and just about every English style beer that I make, as evidenced by both our Lawn Mower ESB and our Belgian Blonde Ale. For me, you can’t beat the clean, soft bitter profile and light, floral characteristics of this hop. Yeah, it may not be the perfect IPA hop, unless you’re going really old school, but for tons of other styles, it’s usually my go to.
Average Acid Content
|Alpha Acids:||5.0% - 8.0%|
|Beta Acids:||1.9% - 3.0%|
|Co-Humulone:||26% - 32%|
Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)
|Total Oils:||0.4 - 0.8 mL/100g|
|Myrcene:||20% - 26%|
|Humulene:||38% - 48%|
|Caryophyllene:||12% - 16%|
Possible Substitutes for East Kent Golding
The commonly accepted substitutes for EKG are Golding derivatives, descendants of the ancestral Old Golding. U.S. grown Goldings will be slightly less floral and more citrusy, and Styrian Goldings (St. Celeia) will be more subdued all around with a similar character and lower alpha acids. Fuggles can also be used, although they will be distinctly more earthy.
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