Backa

Dating back to 1956, Backa is an old, rare variety of aroma hop with an unknown land race pedigree. It has the potential for high yield in its native Backa region of Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) but doesn’t seem to do all that well elsewhere. It’s highly aromatic and is said to have similar qualities to many European “Noble Hops”. The USDA lists two strains of Backa (56002) and (21080), but there seems to be some disagreement as to whether or not they are identical.

Also Known As
Characteristics
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 3.1%-6.9%
Beta Acid Composition 4%-7.4%
Co-Humulone Composition 25%
Country Serbia
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity
Yield Amount
Growth Rate High to very high
Resistant to
Susceptible to Moderately susceptible to downy mildew
Storability Retains 67% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.60 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition
Humulene Oil Composition
Caryophyllene Oil
Farnesene Oil
Substitutes
Style Guide Lager, Pilsner

References
http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/person/2450/hopcultivars/21080.html
http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/person/2450/hopcultivars/56002.html

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