cool. I have used ones that I picked too early. It was pretty good amber ale. So my line of thinking, a little bit early never hurts. Then again I live in the south Texas area. The sun can do some crazy things here. I have first year plants, I already harvested throughout the growing season. They are now growing new bines and making more hop flowers. (I grow them on a fence, so thats a factor too).
I know PH is and soil condition are important. I would love to hear more input from different people about this subject.