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Kazbek

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Origin: Kazbek hops were developed in the Czech Republic and were the first aroma variety in a wave of new releases. Kazbek was officially released in 2008, but the cross for Kazbek hops was actually made back in 1984 when a wild Russian variety was crossed with the daughter of Saaz and Northern Brewer. It is named after one of the highest mountains in the Caucasus Range.

Usage: Kazbek is favored for aroma and flavor additions; Czech brewers use it for late additions in a variety of lagers. Craft brewers in the US and elsewhere have been putting it to use as a finishing or dry hop for lagers, pale ales, wheat beers, and Belgian-style ales.

Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Kazbek hops brew up as a "Super Saaz" of sorts. It is bigger with aromas of citrus, sweet fruits, and berries, but still has that classic noble spice.

Alpha Acid: 5-8

Beta Acid:4-6%
Total Oil:0.9 – 1.8 mL/100g

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