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Ballast Point Sculpin IPA Clone HomeBrew Recipe

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sculpin ipa clone
sculpin ipa clone


Recipe Type: All Grain
Size: 5 Gallons
Beer Style: IPA
Target ABV: 7.0%
Target IBUs: 70
Recipe Type:
5/ 5

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Posted July 22, 2013 by


All Grain IPA HomeBrew Recipe

Profile: HomeBrew recipe for a flavorful IPA, similar to Ballast Point Sculpin. Pale colored, medium-bodied with fruity and citrusy hop aromas and flavors. High hop bitterness in the finish, but not overwhelming. Dry-hopped for extra hop aroma.



13.5 lbs Pale 2-row Malt

12 oz. Crystal 30

8 oz. CaraPils

Hops (pellets):

1/2 oz. Warrior 16%a, 60 minutes

1 oz. Centennial 10%a, 30 minutes

1/2 oz. Amarillo 8%a, 20 minutes

1/2 oz. Simcoe 13%a, 20 minutes

1/2 oz. Amarillo 8%a, 10 minutes

1/2 oz. Simcoe 13%a, 5 minutes

1/2 oz. Centennial 10%a, flameout

YeastWLP001 California Yeast or Wyeast 1056 American Ale

Dry-Hop: 1 1/2 oz. Amarillo, 1/2 oz. Centennial (whole leaf hops)


Mash all grains for 1 hour at 152 degrees.

Sparge at 170 degrees.

One hour boil with hop regimen above.

Ferment at 63-68 degrees.

Rack to keg or secondary and age for 5-6 weeks. Dry-hop for the last 10 days.

  1. Avatar of Sean

    @ Frank – You have to adjust the IBU calculator for the boil gravity. The higher the gravity, the lower the hop utilization. The default on the calculator is 1.055, but this recipe has a coil gravity of around 1.075.

    You must also be careful about selecting Whole Hops vs Pellets because the same weight of pellets gives higher IBUs than whole hops. Because of the dry-hopping with Amarillo and Centennial, I think the recipe contemplates using whole hops for at least those hop additions.

    After adjusting the gravity and selecting the correct hop form, the IBUs are right around 75.


  2. Avatar of frank

    I just brewed this yesterday, and it started chugging away in primary with an amazing smell, thanks for posting!

    Wondering if the IBU number posted is right off the BP label, or if it’s a calculation?

    I put the hop refimen into the calculator


    • Avatar of frank

      Accidentally hit Submit too soon, doh!

      I put the posted hop REGIMEN into the IBU calculator on brewersfriend and it came to 96.36… way over 70.


  3. Avatar of mike stivers

    i made this beer, but my water was off… (dirty filters) so i ended up with that (very slight) “band-aid” taste.. i will brew a do-over, but i think side by side the color is lighter, maybe it could use crystal 40 in place of 30?


  4. Avatar of Sean Hirneise

    What is the yeast pitch rate & racking instructions (type of sugar used)? I’m brand new to this and really want to try this one out!


  5. Avatar of Chris

    Newbie: Is there a specified pitch rate for this beer? Want to make sure I put enough yeast in to reach the Target ABV: 7.0%


    Dr Hop

    This recipe came out awesome!


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