Smooth Cone Hops were developed at the Riwaka Research Station in New Zealand in the early 1960's. Smooth Cone is a cross between California Cluster and open pollination and had its glory years in the 1960's and 1970's. This NZ heritage hop is no longer grown commercially, but Smooth Cone was used to help develop a generation of super alpha varieties in New Zealand including Pacific Gem, Green Bullet, SuperAlpha (Dr. Rudi), and Rakau.
Smoothcone, which is a bit like Green Bullet, is a dual use hop with a moderate alpha acid content at 7.0%-9.5%. It comes with a high level of myrcene oil compared to the other oils. It is also similar to Cluster Hops and has a balanced floral and spicy character.
Smooth Cone has susceptibility to downy mildew, with no other indications of reactions to disease and virus. It was a good yielding plant back when the commercial measurements were taken.
Our original plant, used for the propogation of plants offered for sale on this web site, was sourced from a nursery in Southland.
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Alpha Acid Composition 7%-9.5%
Beta Acid Composition 3.4%-5.2%
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-31%
Lupulin Color Pale Yellow
Cone Size Large
Cone Density Loose
Maturity: Mid Season
Yield: Low at 651 - 1520 kg/hectare
Growth Rate: Moderate to Vigorous
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests: Susceptible to
Storability: Maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20C
Ease of Harvest: Good Pickability
Total Oil Composition 0.38-1.14 mls/100 grams
Myrcene Oil Composition 55.2%-55.2%
Humulene Oil Composition 20.7%-20.7%
Caryophyllene Oil Composition 6.1%-6.1%
Farnesene Oil Composition 0%-1%