Sterling was successfully bred to overcome Saaz’s susceptibility to mildew. Developed over 8 years in Corvallis, Oregon it was released in 1998.
Sterling’s oil content is rather unusual with both very high farnesene and very low carophyllene. This creates a delicately spiced, citrusy aroma with both a floral and herbal punch. Sterling’s heritage is complex too and is the result of a mix of Saaz, Cascade, Early Green, Brewer’s Gold and another, unknown variety.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Spicy, citrus aroma, herbal notes|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||4.5%-9%|
|Beta Acid Composition||4%-6%|
|Yield Amount||1800-2000 kg/hectare (1610-1785 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew|
|Storability||Retains 60%-75% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||0.6-1.9 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||44%-48%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||19%-23%|
|Style Guide||India Pale Ale|
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