Sterling T-90 Hop Pellets - 2oz
US Sterling T90 Hop Pellets, 2 oz sealed package
Sterling was born out of a desire to make a Saaz type hop variety that would grow well state-side and have higher disease resistance. Including Saaz and Cascade in it's lineage, Sterling was released in 1999.
With moderate AA's and low cohumulone content, Sterling shines as a clean and crisp bittering hop in lighter beer styles, including lagers. Sterling also does well in late and dry hop additions, adding delicate citrus and a noble, herbal characteristic to beer styles that require a more subtle touch in late additions, such as Saison.
Aroma and Flavor
Expect a delicious and rustic earth and herbal spice profile in late and dry hop additions with Sterling. It also lends a subtle and pleasant whisper of floral fruitiness and almost pipe tobacco or pepper. Very subtle hints of lemon and pineapple. In bittering additions, expect a lightly earthy and herbal characteristic that blends well with lighter and yeast driven beer styles.
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This is one of my favorite bittering hops for Belgian and Saison style beers. The bitter is super clean, almost as much as Magnum, and very smooth. It’s a good all around bittering hop, but it’s nice as a light, easy dry hop addition to these styles that are not traditionally dry hopped. It really brings out the yeast characters in fruity Belgians, as well as the phenolic profile in Saison and more phenolic Belgian styles.
Average Acid Content
|Alpha Acids:||5.5% - 8.5%|
|Beta Acids:||4.5% - 6.5%|
|Co-Humulone:||22% - 23%|
Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)
|Total Oils:||0.8 - 1.2 mL/100g|
|Myrcene:||35% - 45%|
|Humulene:||16% - 18%|
|Caryophyllene:||5% - 8%|
|Farnesene:||15% - 19%|
|B-Pinene:||0.5% - .06%|
|Linalool:||0.5% - 0.9%|
|Geraniol:||0.2% - 0.4%|
Possible Substitutes for Sterling
Commonly accepted substitutes for Sterling include Saaz, which will be lighter, more earthy and floral, Fuggle, which will be less floral but capture the pipe-tobacco earth characteristics, and Mt. Hood, which will be more herbal.
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