Following the harvest season, you may have seen a new hop variety brand name, Ekuanot™, featured in many of this year’s fresh hop ales. Ekuanot™, pronounced Ee-kwa-not, is actually the replacement name for Equinox™ brand HBC 366 hops. Although the HBC 366 variety has a new name, Ekuanot™ brand hops are still the consistent, high quality hops previously sold under the Equinox™ brand.
Getting to know Ekuanot™
Developed by Hop Breeding Company and released in 2014, Ekuanot™ is the daughter of Warrior® and a male found growing on a commercial hop anchor. The objectives of the cross included the alpha of Warrior® with higher yield and development of novel traits from the relatively unknown male. The result was a high yield and high alpha aromatic hop with unique plant coloring inherited from the father.
Ekuanot™ bursts out of the spring soil in vibrant yellow and gradually matures to a deep green color by fall harvest. Its aroma descriptors include melon, berry, orange peel, lime, papaya, pine and fresh peppers. With pronounced aroma characteristics and an extremely high oil content, Ekuanot™ is a great candidate for late, whirlpool or dry hop applications.
Brewing with Ekuanot™
Over the past two years, Ekuanot™ has been well-received in single-hop and multi-hop applications and continues to receive positive feedback from brewers. A few of the reviews include:
“I love this hop! I used it as the only hop in a Mango Habanero IPA and it was absolutely delicious!” – Jake Held via ychhops.com
“I used this hop back when it was called Equinox and I really liked it. Great ‘modern’ tropical fruity hop!” – Ben via ychhops.com
“Made for a lovely single hop APA, of which the drinkers have begged for more.” – Hullabaloo Brew via ychhops.com
To get you started, YCH HOPS has provided a tried-and-true American Pale Ale recipe featuring Ekuanot™. In the spirit of our collaborative brewing community, we encourage you to experiment with Ekuanot™ and provide your feedback in the review section of the hop variety page.
Purchasing Ekuanot™ - Commercial Brewers
Ekuanot™ HBC 366 cv is available for purchase through YCH HOPS and Country Malt Group. From October 1 thru December 31, YCH HOPS will be offering a 3/6/6 promotion on all Ekuanot™ purchases:
• 3% discount for new 2016 hop contracts or 2016 contract additions
• 6% discount for 2016 crop year and forward, multiple-year hop contracts
• 6% discount on 2015 spot hop purchases
For more information, contact a member of our sales team.
Purchasing Ekuanot™ - Home BrewersAs YCH HOPS home brew products have a three-year shelf life under cold storage conditions, Ekuanot™ hops may still be available for purchase with the original Equinox™ brand name or HBC 366 label located on the packaging. Rest assured, both have been packed within the same quality metrics and contain the same consistent, premium hops. To purchase the HBC 366 variety, contact your local home brew shop for availability.