Perennial plant, with branched rhizome from which thin slender stems extend up to 9 meters in height, can live from 10 to 20 years.
The leaves are heart-shaped, petiolate, opposite, with 3-5 serrated lobes. The upper part is rough to the touch due to the presence of numerous hairs, while the lower part is resinous.
The used part of the lullopo plant are the cones that are mainly used for:
Provide, in almost all cases, a bitter base to balance the sweetness brought by the fermentable material.
Increase microbiological stability.
Participate in stabilizing the foam.
Influence, depending on the styles in a minor or greater way, taste and aroma.
Alpha Acid: 5 – 8%
Beta Acid: 3.5 – 5.5%
Co-humulone: 13 – 17%
Total Oil: 0.8 – 1.3 mL/100g
Myrcene: 20 – 45% dell’olio totale
Caryophyllene: 8 – 15% dell’olio totale
Farnesene: < 1.0% dell’olio totale
Humulene: 30 – 50% dell’olio totale
- Geraniolo: 0.0 – 0.0% dell’olio totale
Descriptors of specific flavors include spices, pepper, citrus fruits and a uniform dispersion of fruity, floral and herbal.
Dual Purpose, Aroma and Bittering
The hops prefers fresh environments and fertile and well-worked soils. It grows spontaneously on the banks of watercourses, along the hedges, at the edge of the woods, from the plains to an altitude of 1,200 meters if the climate is not too windy and humid. Its presence in nature is very common in northern Italy; wild hops are also present in all regions, including islands, although they become progressively more rare to the south.
It is cultivated for commercial purposes in both hemispheres, approximately between 30 ° and 52 ° latitude, and being very resistant to cold climates can withstand up to -30 ° Celsius.
Developed by the Hull Hops Research Institute in Germany, Opal hops have a clean aroma and an aromatic profile of spices and citrus with a touch of sweetness. It was released in the world of beer in 2004 and is considered useful for both aroma and bitterness.
Ideal per Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Helles, Lager, Brown Ale, Saison, Tripel, Wheat, Kolsch, Blonde Ale.
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