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Sweetwater IPA clone

Sweetwater IPA clone

American IPA • All Grain • 5.5 gal

Sweetwater IPA clone

Sweetwater IPA is far and away my favorite IPA. This recipe is the closest match I've come up with. Mash thickness was 1.076 (3.5gal) and mashed at 154 for 60min. Batch sparged an additional 5.5 gal. Initial gravity was low (1.051 instead of 1.056). Dry hopped another 2 ounces of Simcoe after primary fermentation was complete.

November 20, 2009 at 07:52pm

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Ingredients (All Grain5.5 gal)

  • 10 lbs American 2-row

    American 2-row

    Yields a slightly higher extract than Six Rox brewers Malt. Tends to give a smoother, less grainy flavored beer. Some brewers claim they can detect a significant difference in flavor. Lower protein and will yield a lower color than Six-Row Brewers Malt

  • 2 lbs German Light Munich

    German Light Munich

    For a desired malty, nutty flavor. Lagers, Oktoberfests and bock beer.

  • 1 lbs German Wheat Malt Light

    German Wheat Malt Light

    Typical top fermented aroma, produces superb wheat beers.

  • 2 oz Simcoe® - 4.8 AA% pellets; boiled 60 min


    Used for aromatic, and especially bittering properties.

  • 2 oz Simcoe® - 4.8 AA% pellets; boiled 15 min


    Used for aromatic, and especially bittering properties.

  • 2 oz Simcoe® - 4.8 AA% pellets; boiled 1 min


    Used for aromatic, and especially bittering properties.

  • Wyeast 1056 American Ale™

    Wyeast 1056 American Ale™

    Used commercially for several classic American ales. This strain ferments dry, finishes soft, smooth and dean, and is very well balanced.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 14 - India Pale Ale (IPA)

Subcategory: B - American IPA

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.058 1.056 - 1.075
Terminal Gravity: 1.012 1.010 - 1.018
Color: 6.1 SRM 6 - 15
Alcohol: 6.1% ABV 5.5% - 7.5%
Bitterness: 54.8 IBU 40 - 70



Recipe Grain and Hops

2010-06-03 8:31am

This is very close, but SW claims to use a little Crystal and initial bittering hop of Magnum. Everything else looks good. I may try it and do a side by side comparison.

Sweetwater IPA clone

Re: mbischoff

2010-06-03 8:39am

FYI... I spoke with one of the brewers at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh this year. He definitely admitted it was a Simcoe beer, but also said they use some Centennial. I think I'm going to play with the recipe the next time I brew it. Regarding bittering, I'll try some Magnum as you suggest. I'm not sure how much difference bittering hops make to the final flavor. Steve



2010-06-03 11:44pm

I think the cohumulone levels are little lower in Magnum, but other than that, the bittering hops don't make or break the recipe. If it were Zeus or Columbus, it would change it a lot just because the cohumulone is so high it gives a more harsh bitterness. I have some Pacific Jade (Use in place of Magnum) and a lot of simcoe, so I may try and brew this beer Saturday. Will post my results after doing a side by side.

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