Challenger was bred in the UK from the Northern Brewer variety and released in the late 1960's. At an average 8% alpha acid,
challenger is a good dual-purpose hop for both bittering and flavor/aroma.
The aroma is strong with refined spicy notes and can even have a fruity character.
Challenger blends well with other English hops and is a good substitute for Northern Brewer or Perle hops.
Typical Use : Aroma, Bittering
Alpha Acid : 8% AAU
Origination : UK
Commercial Examples : Fullers ESB
Characteristics : Spicy
Styles : ESB, Porter, Stout, Barleywine, UK Brown Ale
Similar Hops : Northern Brewer, Target, Perle
All Grain Recipe - Challenger ESB ::: 1.055/1.013 (5 Gal)
10 lbs. - 2 Row (Maris Otter if you have it)
1/2 lb. - Crystal Malt (60L)
1/2 lb. - Flaked Maize
Hop Schedule (43 IBU)
1/2 oz. - Northdown - 60 min.
1/4 oz - Target - 60 min.
1/2 oz. - Northdown - 15 min.
1/2 oz. - Challenger - 15 min.
1/2 oz. - Northdown - 5 min.
1/2 oz. - Challenger - 5 min.
White Labs English Ale Yeast (WLP002) - 1800 ml. starter
Mash at 152 to 154
Sparge As Usual
Ferment at 65 to 68 degrees