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First Gold



What it does :

First Gold hops can be used for bittering, flavor, and aroma/finishing additions to your brew kettle. You can use First Gold hops to make the following beer styles: Amber Ale, American Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, Celtic Ale, Dark Amber Ale, English Bitter, English Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, Golden Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Porter, Summer Ale, Wheat Beer. Substitutes for First Gold hops include: East Kent Golding, Styrian Goldings, Willamette.

What it is:

The First Gold hop is a relatively new, experimental English variety that is similar to the Goldings hop with regard to its aroma profile, but has higher alpha acid content than Goldings. First Gold has a spicy yet smooth aroma-flavor profile that is similar to East Kent Goldings.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

6.5 - 8.5

Beta Acid (%):

3 - 4

Cohumulone (% of AA):

31 - 36

Total Oils (%v/w):

0.7 - 1.5

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

27 - 27

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

20 - 24

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

6 - 7

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):


Stability in storage:

Very Good


Here is some guidance for your homebrewing hop additions:

  • For bittering, add hops as desired no later then 15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For aroma, add hops 5-15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For flavor, add hops 2-5 minutes from the end of the boil.
  • For dry-hop character, add directly to the primary or secondary fermenter.
  • The specific hop amount needed for a 5 gallon (18.9 liter) batch will vary. The main factors that determine the quantity of hops that you need are the alpha acid content of your hops, the boiling time that you select, and the bitterness targets for your recipe.

    Use our Hop Utilization, Hop Bill, and Hop Alpha Acid Loss Calculators to help you do the math to help determine how to best use First Gold hops in your next homebrew recipe.


    In general, you prepare your hops for use in beermaking by:

  • Ensuring that they are stored in sealed containers under refrigeration for maximum freshness prior to use.
  • Pre-measuring the amounts you plan to add for different stages of the wort boil.
  • Note that hops are available to brewers in a variety of forms (whole, plug, pellet).

    Related Links

    Hop Bill
    Hop Utilization
    Hop Alpha Acid Loss
    Weight Conversion
    Color Conversion
    First Gold