Origin and Description
First Gold Hops is a dwarf variety that is as versatile as a Swiss army knife during a day of brewing. In 1995 Wye College produced yet another important variety that was a cross between Whitbread Golding Variety (WGV) and a dwarf male. This dual purpose hops is off to an excellent start as far as mankind, time, beer, and such.
First Gold Hops has moderate alpha acid content at 6.5%-8.5% and has a ethereal balance between bitterness and flavor...perfect for - beer. This hops carries a balance of the essential oils, along with high levels of farnesene oil. Farnesene is a pleasant oil that carries flowery notes, like magnolia, some citrus, as well as herbal and woody notes. First Gold also has a slender spice to it as well.
It may be easier to name the beer styles that First Gold might not be suitable in.....as this dexterous variety can be found in all kinds of commercial beers. Its the moderate hops, and pleasing flavors and aromas that make First Gold usable at any point of the brewing process, including dry hopping. Due to its origins it is more popular in U.K. beers however that is not stopping its proliferation. Although it has moderately low yield (it is a dwarf), it makes up for it in its storage ability.
First Gold Hops Usage
First Gold hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
First Gold Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for first gold hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
First Gold Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||6.5%-8.5%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-4.1%|
First Gold Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|First Gold Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|First Gold Cone Size||Medium to Large|
|First Gold Cone Density||Moderate to Compact|
First Gold Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for First Gold Hops is Low at 1100 - 1700 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests||Susceptible To:|
Powdery Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,
|Storability||First Gold Hops maintains 80%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
First Gold Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.7-1.5 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||27%-28%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||20%-24%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||6%-7%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||3%-3.5%|
First Gold Hops Substitutes
|Willamette||Willamette Hops was named after the mighty river that pours through the Willamette Valley in Southern Washington and Northern Oregon. It was developed and rele...|
|East Kent Golding||East Kent Golding Hops belong to the Golding Family of varieties, and is considered a premium hops that is celebrated in the U.K. and the U.S. Kent is a Region...|
|Styrian Golding||Styrian Golding Hops, also called Savinja Golding, is a traditional hops grown primarily in Slovenia, and also Austria. Savinja/Styrian Golding is not a part o...|
Common Beer Styles for First Gold Hops
|English Pale Ale|
|American Pale Ale|
|Extra Special Bitter (ESB)|
|Dark Amber Ale|
|India Pale Ale|
|Imperial India Pale Ale|