Smaragd is another interesting hop to come out of the Hop Research Institute in Germany. Bred with the purpose of creating a more disease resistant alternative to Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, it was released for large-scale production in 2007.
Meaning ‘emerald’ in German, Smaragd is a low acid, low cohumulone aroma hop with an interesting oil balance. Myrcene and farnesene make up the majority of its oil composition. Its aroma is predominantly fruity but with some floral elements as well. Its flavor profile has been described as spicy. Daughter of Hallertau Gold, Smaragd is a wonderful dual-purpose hop.
|Also Known As||Emerald, German Emerald|
|Characteristics||Predominantly fruity aroma with bold floral notes, flavors of earth and spice|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||4%-6%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.5%-5.5%|
|Seasonal Maturity||Mid to late|
|Yield Amount||1850 kg/hectare (1651 lbs/acre)|
|Resistant to||Wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew|
|Storability||Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||0.7-1.7 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||20%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||30%-50%|
|Style Guide||Ale, Amber|