Merkur hops are getting a fast reputation as a great bittering hop. It was bred from Magnum one of our all time favorite bittering hops. Except Merkur has a lower co-humulone level which can lead to a smoother bitterness. It is considered a dual purpose hops also suitable for lending some nice aroma. Merkur has a high level Myrcene oil content that can lend an earthy aroma. Citrus aromas also reported.
Alpha Acids: 12 – 15%
Beta Acids: 3.5 – 7.0%
Alpha-Beta Ratio: 1.71 – 4.28
Cohumulone: (% of alpha acids): 16 – 20%
Total Oils in mls per 100 grams dried: 2.2 – 2.8 ml
Storage(% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 68° F): NA
Similar Hop Varieties: German Magnum, German Taurus, German Tradition