Merkur or Hallertau Merkur as it is sometimes known, is a high alpha bittering hop developed at the Hull Hops Research Institute in Germany. It was released in 2000. It’s not all about bittering potential though; Merkur boasts high myrcene and humulene oil content giving it an earthy grounding and citrus zing. It works especially well in the early to mid-stages of brewing. Merkur is a descendant of Hallertau Magnum.
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|Also Known As||Hallertau Merkur|
|Characteristics||Earthy, spicy bitterness, citrus zing|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||12%-16.2%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5%-7.3%|
|Yield Amount||1760-1940 kg/hectare (1570-1730 lbs/acre)|
|Resistant to||Resistant to verticillium wilt, peronospora and powdery mildew|
|Storability||Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||2.6-3 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||48%-49%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||29%-32%|
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