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Brewer's Gold



What it does :

Brewer's Gold hops are used primarily for bittering additions to your brew kettle. You can use Brewer's Gold hops to make the following beer styles: Biere d'Garde, Bitter, English Ale, Golden Ale, Lambic, Pale Ale, Pilsener, Red Ale, Saison, heavier German-style lager. Substitutes for Brewer's Gold hops include: Chinook, Galena, Northdown, Northern Brewer, Nugget.

What it is:

The Brewer's Gold hop is an English variety developed in 1919. It was derived from a wild variety discovered in Manitoba, Canada. It is the predecessor of most modern super alpha hops. The aroma of Brewer's Gold hops are noted for black currant, fruity, and spicy notes. However, their coarse bittering have turned some brewer's towards alternive hop varieties.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

5.5 - 7.8

Beta Acid (%):

2.5 - 3.5

Cohumulone (% of AA):

36 - 45

Total Oils (%v/w):

2 - 2.4

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

37 - 37

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

29 - 31

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

7 - 7.5

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):


Stability in storage:



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 Brewer's 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
    Brewer's Gold