Welcome to Northern Brewer

– "Brew, Share, Enjoy."

Sweetwater 420 clone?

Moderator: Global Moderators



Post Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:02 pm

Sweetwater 420 clone?

Does anyone have a clone for sweetwater 420?



Post Sat Jun 24, 2006 9:59 am

Bump.... anyone, anywhere have any ideas about this recipe?


Brewby, my beer

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 396

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:50 pm

Location: Southbury, CT

Post Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:30 pm

Does it have hemp in it?


User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 3293

Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:38 pm

Location: Corner of Centennial and Columbus, State of Connecticut

Post Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:22 am

The brewers are very tight-lipped about the recipe.

I know for a fact that there are sacks and sacks of Cascade hops in their brewery. Perhaps there are others but I would stick with strictly american hops.

I would think it is 1056 American Yeast.

FG is quite low, 1.008 or so. I think OG would be around 1.052-54.

12 oz of 40L, give or take.

Maybe about 36-40 IBU.

It is a good American Pale Ale but I don't think there is anything special in their recipe OTHER than the fact that it is very light but with a nice (but not overpowering) hoppiness. Great Aroma, don't over-bitter it but do dry hop it.

If you are in atlanta go to the brewery tours (parties!) which they have a few times a week. Do some asking and snooping around.

Herr Bleicher

Master Brewer

Posts: 129

Joined: Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:25 am

Post Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:25 am

I don't have a clone for this beer, but I can tell you how I go about researching and coming up with a recipe that should be close, and you can go from there:

I just had this beer for the first time at the fourth of July when a friend brought me a bottle from his trip to Atlanta. That was not the only beer I drank on the 4th of July, so apart from remembering that it was hoppy and that I liked it, I'm relying on some pretty fuzzy memories ...

When I'm researching a specific beer, I always check a brewery's homepage first for any info on ingredients - http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com/brews.asp?section=420

In this case though they just say that it's 5.4% alcohol.

Then I googled the beer, and found this link:
http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Be ... BeerID=172

... which, under the "commercial description" section, says they use:

"Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Carastan 30-37
Hops: Centennial, Cascade"

You probably want an OG in the neighborhood of 1.050 to 1.055, IBUs somewhere between 30 and 40 (fuzzy memories plus educated guess), and with an American-type ale yeast you should be in the ballpark.

- Mike

Return to Beer Recipe Exchange

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users