ON THE ONE | Waimea S.M.a.S.H.

The MoonDown Brewing Co. ON THE ONE | SMaSH series starts with NZ Waimea hops. Every time I am looking for hops selections for what I want to use in the next brew Waimea always caught my eye. First, the name, Waimea, is a beautiful name and with what I’ve gathered from others experience with this variety of hops it has some awesome characteristics that can contribute to an amazing beer if used right.

Waimea was released in 2012 by The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited. Waimea traces its Lineage all the way back to ‘Californian Late Cluster’, ‘Saazer’ and ‘Fuggle’.

The characteristics of Waimea are often described as Fresh tangelo citrus fruit, and pine needle at first aroma. It has an equally amazing oil profile, high alpha, low cohumlone, and an excellent agricultural resilience that bodes well for the increasing demand for this variety. Waimea is an exciting “new world” hop for sure.

Original Gravity: 1.061
Final Gravity: 1.013
ABV (standard): 6.35%
IBU (tinseth): 68.77
SRM (morey): 6.03

United Kingdom – Maris Otter Pale (85.7%)

WAIMEA Technical Data:

Alpha acid: 16.0 – 19.0%
Cohumulone: 22 – 24%
Beta acids: 7.0 – 9.0%
Total Oil: ~2.1 mL / 100g
Myrcene: ~60% of total oil
Humulene: ~9.5% of total oil
Humulene / Caryophyllene: ~9.5% of total oil
Linalool: 0.6%