Hop plant

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Hop plant

Hop plant

A flowering crop that yields hops, an essential ingredient in beer.

Base Stats

0 (1)
Path Cost



Plant Stats

Time to grow
5 days (9.23 days)
Work to Sow
170 ticks (2.83 secs)
Work to Harvest
200 ticks (3.33 secs)
Base Harvest Yield
8 Hops
Min Skill
3 Plants
Min Fertility
Fertility Sensitivity
Min light to grow
Ground, Hydroponic

A plant that when harvested, yields hops that can then be used to produce beer. Hop plants can be planted in a growing zone or a hydroponics basin.

Sowing hop plants requires a minimum growing skill of 3, but any colonist capable of plant cutting can harvest them.

Raw hops are not edible and are only used to make beer. Brewing uses 25 hops, and produces 5 wort, which is then fermented to make 5 beer. Fermenting takes 6 days. When considering day/night cycles, hop plants take longer to grow than the barrel ferments, unless hydroponics are used.


  • Ground Type Gravel Soil Rich Soil Hydroponics
    Fertility (%) 70 100 140 280
    Real Grow Time (days)[1] 11.68 9.23 7.21 4.08
    Base Yield/day[2] 0.68 0.87 1.11 1.96
    1. Actual days to grow, taking into account rest time.
    2. Per plant, assuming Crop Yield Multiplier of 1.0.
      Note that Difficulty settings change the Crop Yield Multiplier.
  • Unlike most plants, the harvest yield is determined by the drug crop harvest yield stat of the harvester. This stat is still primarily determined by plant harvest yield.


    Beer is a useful and relatively safe drug. A beer per day gives +10 mood for 4.8 hours, fulfills some Recreation, and will never get a colonist addicted. Make sure to set your drug policy to not take "For Recreation", as pawns will drink more than once a day.

    Even if you haven't researched Beer Brewing, it may be worthwhile to grow the hop plants beforehand. Keep in mind that hops will spoil in 30 days if unrefrigerated.


    Each fermenting barrel can hold up to 25 wort, which means it can hold the equivalent of 125 hop items.

    If you have a grower with Plants 8, are growing hops in regular soil, and are on Strive to Survive difficulty:

    • You will need 1 fermenting barrel per 15.62 hop plants if you want to ferment everything as soon as the harvest is done.
    • You will need 1 fermenting barrel per 23.94 hop plants if you want to continuously ferment.

    Remember that this is only true on the game conditions listed above. Higher Plants skill will increase hops yield (Plant Harvest Yield). Increasing difficulty decreases yield of all plants (Harvest yield).

    Version history[edit]

    • 0.9.722 - Added
    • Beta 19/1.0 - Min grow skill decreased from 7 -> 3