Sister selection to Brewer’s Gold, Bullion was first bred in 1919 at Wye College, England and originates from a wild hop cutting sourced from Manitoba, Canada. It was officially released in 1938.
Bullion features many of the same brewing traits as its sibling with flavors of dark fruit and elements of spice arising from its use as a mid to late addition. Its bitterness is considered by some to be slightly coarse.
Though once popular in professional brewing circles, it, like it’s sister, has had it’s production capacity slashed in favor of super-alpha varieties with greater bittering potential and greatly increased storage stability. It features high alpha acids and an incredibly high yield but is susceptible to many, if not most, viruses.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Elements of spice and dark fruits|
|Alpha Acid Composition||6.7%-12.9%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.7%-9.1%|
|Yield Amount||2000-2400 kg/hectare (1780-2140 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Very high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to verticillium wilt, moderately resistant to downy mildew|
|Susceptible to||Infected with most viruses|
|Storability||Retains 40%-50% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||1.14-2.70 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||45%-55%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||23%-30%|
|Substitutes||Columbus, Northern Brewer, Galena, Chinook, Brewer’s Gold|
|Style Guide||Stout, Doppelbock, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout|
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