Old Speckled Hen Clone Recipe

February 21, 2013

2013, Beer Recipes, General posting, Recipes

This is one of my favorite beers. I love this beer when it is hot out, I like it when it is cold out – this beer is simply easy to drink.  It has a white head and an amber body.  For a while it was near impossible for me to ever make this beer because of the hop, “Challenger” was just so difficult to get, but now I have lots of it.  Over all this is an easy beer to make and easy one to drink.  If you make it soon it will be a good, “bridge” beer for the cooler months into the nicer days.  If you are looking to do it all-grain check out the conversion chart.






12 oz 60L

5.25 lbs Light DMe

8 oz cane sugar

4 oz wheat DME

1 oz Challenger (60min)

1/2 oz Kent Goldings (15min)

1/2 oz Challenger (15min)

1 oz Kent Goldings (1min)

WLP 013



OG: 1.052

FG: 1.010

IBU: 35

SRM: 12

ABV: 5.2%



  1. Heat 2.5 gallons of water up to 150 degrees, steep grains for 30 min
  2. After 30 min take the grains out and add DME cane sugar and 1 oz Challenger
  3. Bring to boil
  4. Boil for 45 minutes
  5. Add 1/2 oz East Kent Goldings and 1/2 oz Challenger
  6. Boil for 14 minutes
  7. Add 1 oz East Kent Goldings
  8. Boil for 1 minute
  9. End boil
  10. Cool down, put in fermenter, pitch yeast
  11. Ferment for 7 -14 days
  12. Bottle with 3/4 cup of corn sugar
  13. Let sit in bottles for 2-3 weeks
  14. Ready to drink when carbonated



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9 Comments on “Old Speckled Hen Clone Recipe”

  1. Our Growing Paynes Says:

    We enjoy making home brewed beer. Nothing like it. 🙂 Glad I found this blog.


  2. James Harding Says:

    Definitely agree with you about Old Speckled Hen fantastic beer – one of my dad’s favourites as well. Have you brewed this clone before? Interested to know how it turns out… one to add to my own brewlist 😀


    • Jay's Brewing Blog Says:

      This particular one no – it was because I could never get the Challenger though. I would have to substitute the challenger with target with the appropriate AAU for target. I knew that it was suppose to be Challenger for the hops though when I brewed it. This is the real deal for the recipe. And yea, it’s an amazing beer to have. I was thinking on which one is going to be my next one to brew – this is the one that it is going to be for sure!


  3. Mike Says:

    Reblogged this on Beer Masters Magazine.


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