Early Choice – Hop Plant


Early Choice hop plant was bred by Professor Salmon of Wye College in 1927 using an open pollinated hop with a Bramling Golding.

For detailed information about this specific plant, please see the description below.

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Early Choice Hop Plant/Rhizome

Early Choice hop plant was bred by Professor Salmon of Wye College in 1927 using an open pollinated hop with a Bramling Golding. Early Choice is high yielding and was previously widely grown in and around the mid Kent area.

Increasingly used by brewers to be an acceptable alternative to use in their brewing recipes where the Golding flavours are required. Can be susceptible to Verticilium Wilt.

Early Choice will grow to approx. 15-20 feet once mature.

Substitutes: Early Bird, Cobbs, Bramling


Characteristics Notes of lemon, blackcurrant, blackberries and plums particularly when used as a late addition.
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 5%-7.8%
Beta Acid Composition 2.3%-3.2%
Co-Humulone Composition 33%-35%
Country UK
Cone Size Medium
Cone Density Moderate
Seasonal Maturity Early to mid
Yield Amount 1500-1680 kg/hectare (1340-500 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Resistant to Resistant to powdery mildew and downy mildew
Susceptible to Susceptible to verticillium wilt
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Total Oil Composition 0.7-1.2 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 35%-40%
Humulene Oil Composition 28%-33%
Caryophyllene Oil 14%-18%
Farnesene Oil 0%-1%
Style Guide Golden Ale, Strong Ale,Stout, Porter

Additional information

Weight 0.15 kg

Caring for Hop Plants

Growing hops is easy!  The instructions below are sent with each plant, and you can find more information in our Guide to Growing Hops article.

Here are some key points:

  • Hop plants are a hardy perennial, best planted as a bare root during the dormant winter months.
  • Hops like a well drained fertile soil and should be planted in open ground as soon as possible.
  • Make sure the hole is deep and the crown well covered.
  • Mark the spot with a screw peg.
  • Install your support (trellis, coir string) for the plant to climb up before the spring.
  • Small shoots should appear when the weather warms (April)
  • Train the shoots clockwise during May & June.
  • Harvest at the end of August.

Availability & Delivery

Dormant root stock becomes available in late November / December and is available to buy through to the following spring, as stocks last.

Our dormant hop plants are wrapped with damp moss and are happy in transit for several weeks; any delay will not affect the viability or health of your plants and they can still be planted mid-winter in January.

We use Royal Mail to delivery our hop plants.

We do not send bare root hop plants overseas.

Returns Policy & Terms

Hop plants are perishable products and as such, are non-refundable and non returnable. Please check our Returns Policy before you order and take a look through our full Terms & Conditions.

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