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Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« on: June 27, 2014, 12:45:16 PM »
Hi all,

Just got a shipment of ingredients for my Hefeweizen this week. I have brewed this recipe many times and have always had great success. I also always got an ounce of German Hallertau hops coming in at between 3.5-5% AA. This time, imagine my surprise when I opened up the box and pulled out a package of German Hallertau with a whopping 14.1% AA. Anyone else run into this? I can get the correct IBU in the beer by using a scant .22 oz, but this seems way out of profile for this hop type.

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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 12:46:09 PM »
crazy high. I don't think I've ever heard of hallertaur with that high AA%.
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 12:51:50 PM »
Yeah, that just seems excessive. Can you double check with your supplier?
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2014, 12:52:13 PM »
I don't think that could be right at all. There has to be some sort of mistake on the packaging.
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 12:54:26 PM »
I'd check with the supply store and make sure they didn't mislabel them (i.e. 4.1% vs 14.1%).  Maybe they got their Magnum and Hallertau labeling backwards.
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 12:55:06 PM »
I've heard of some newer Hallertau offshoots that are higher in AA, but not that high. Standard Hallertau would be closer to 4.1% than 14.1%.
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2014, 01:23:59 PM »
Was it Hallertau Taurus, by any chance? Different hop with high AA. Herkules is also sometimes called Hallertau Herkules. Same thing - different hop with high AA%.
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2014, 01:32:27 PM »
Okay, issue resolved!

I contacted Northern Brewer and they confirmed that their bulk supply of German Hallertau are listed at 4.7%. The number on the package is indeed a data-entry error.

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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2014, 03:10:33 PM »
There is also Helertau Magnum. That would be about 14%.


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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2014, 07:09:55 PM »
Does it have that refined floral Mittlefruh aroma?
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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2014, 08:19:13 PM »
I know my brewing software refers to Magnum as German Hallertau Magnum, and is in the range you described. 

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Re: Massively high AA German Hallertau?
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2014, 04:30:22 AM »
My homegrown Hallertau has been as low as 3% and as high as 7% in different years.  However the average has been closer to 4-5%.  So, somewhat higher alpha is possible but rare.  I don't expect to ever see higher than 7% in a commercial vacuum pack.  Mine were fresh off the bine (and dried).
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