Get to Know Your Hops – Motueka

Introduction to Motueka Hops
New Zealand produces and breeds a great deal of excellent and disease resistant hops. One of the finest is Motueka.

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New Zealand developed triploid varieties like Motueka and Nelson Sauvin through a breeding program at R.H.J. Roborogh. While most plants are diploids with 20 chromosomes,  labs can treat plants that are tetraploids with 40 chromosomes. Crossing a male diploid and a female tetraploid creates a seedless variety of which is very appealing to brewers both professional and homebrewers alike.

In Brewing
This is an excellent hop in multiple applications. With a Saazer parentage, this aroma hop adds excellent lemon, lime and other tropical fruits. Excellent from first kettle addition, throughout the boil and even as a late gift. For best results, use this plant when brewing traditional style lagers or ales with Belgian yeasts. The higher alpha acids, than that of its parentage, aids in a “noble” aroma and balances malty sweetness with the bitterness it can impart. Additionally the weight of oil to alpha acid can lend itself to high gravity styles.

Growing
Simply put, Motueka is a disease free hop that grows in cylindrical, loose cones. It matures very early in the season but produces a low to medium yield. After harvest, storage of the hop is good.

Technical Data
Alpha Acid      6.5 – 7.5%
Beta Acid        5 – 5.5%
Cohumulone  29%
Total Oil          0.8%

Humulene      3.6%        (Woody/Piney)
Farnesene        12%       (Floral)
Myrcene           48%       (Resin)
Caryophyllene  2%        (Woody)

Some Beers that use Motueka Hops are:

Sixpoint- spice of life  Sixpoint, Spice of Life Series,IPA, December 2013

Roundabout Brewery, Hy-PA, Session IPA_640x640  Roundabout Brewery, Hy-PA, Session IPA

21st Amendment, Hop Crisis, Imperial IPA  21st Amendment, Hop Crisis, Imperial IPA

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