Ekuanot hops, formerly known as Equinox or HBC 366, are a unique and versatile hop variety that has gathered widespread acclaim in the brewing community. Developed by the Hop Breeding Company, Ekuanot hops boast a complex aroma and flavour profile that sets them apart from traditional hop varieties.
One of the defining characteristics of Ekuanot hops is their multi-layered aroma. Bursting with bright citrus, tropical fruit, and herbal notes, they captivate the senses with each whiff. Hints of melon, berry, and even subtle spice add to the complexity, making them a good choice for brewers seeking to create intricate and intriguing beer aromas.
With an alpha acid content ranging from 13% to 15%, Ekuanot hops offer a moderate level of bitterness. However, it is their use as an aroma and flavour hop that truly shines. Brewers often employ them in late kettle additions and dry hopping to maximize their aromatic potential.
Ekuanot hops’ versatility shines through in a wide range of beer styles. They add a vibrant and refreshing touch to American-style Ales, IPAs, Pale Ales, and Saisons. Moreover, their complexity makes them suitable for experimental brews, allowing brewers to push the boundaries of flavour and aroma.
Another unique aspect of Ekuanot hops is their dual nature. They can exhibit pronounced fruity and herbal qualities, making them equally suitable for fruity and earthy or herbal beer styles. This chameleon-like quality makes them an exciting hop choice for brewers looking to create diverse beer profiles.
Beyond their aroma and flavour contributions, Ekuanot hops also contribute to beer stability and shelf life, making them a reliable and sought-after hop variety for commercial breweries.
Due to their growing popularity, Ekuanot hops are cultivated in various hop-growing regions all over the world.
Ekuanot hops have emerged as a standout hop variety, celebrated for their complexity and versatility. From their vibrant citrus and tropical fruit aromas to their herbal and spicy undertones, Ekuanot hops continue to inspire brewers and delight beer enthusiasts with every sip of beer crafted with this exceptional hop.
Check out the recipe for Summer Daze Hazy IPA which uses Ekuanot Hops Pellets
And you can see our YouTube video All About Hops here
We contract and source our hops from the finest merchants and farms around the world, ensuring you get the chance to brew with the same high quality product that professional breweries use.
Using mylar bags which prevent light degradation of the hops, flushing the bags with nitrogen to remove oxygen and cold storage of them until ordered by you, ensures the hops are as fresh as possible.
If you want to learn more about hops and how to use them then check out our Help Centre where you will find blog posts and our Brew With Us ESSENTIALS and we also have some great content on our YouTube channel about hops too.