California Common Beer – All Grain

Statistics

Malts and Grains

Amount Malt/Grain %
8.00 pounds American Pale Malt (2-Row) 69.6%
2.00 pounds American Munich Malt 17.4%
0.75 pounds Crystal Malt 40L 6.5%
0.75 pounds American Victory Malt 6.5%
11.50 pounds Total Grain Weight 100%

Hops

Amount Hop Time AA
1.00 ounces Northern Brewer 60 min 8.2%
1.00 ounces Northern Brewer 15 min 8.2%
1.00 ounces Northern Brewer 1 min 8.2%
3.00 ounces Total Hop Weight

Yeasts

Name Lab/Manufacturer Form Amount
San Francisco Lager (WLP810) White Labs Liquid 35 ml

Procedure

  • Single infusion mash with 3.75 gallons of 154° water
  • Batch sparge with 4.25 gallons of 168° water
  • Boil 65 minutes, adding hops according to schedule
  • Cool wort to 75°
  • Pitch yeast

Fermentation and Aging

Primary:
7 days @ 62° F
Secondary:
7 days @ 62° F
Lager:
14 days @ 40° F
Age:
14 days @ 50° F

Notes

Formulated to be true to style, but not an Anchor Steam clone. Munich malt add character and body, crystal malt adds color and caramel flavor.

Keys to success:

  • Use the specific California Common strain only.
  • Pitch a large starter.
  • 154° mash temp for body.
  • Ferment at ale temperatures (62-65° F). Start low (60°) and gradually let rise to 67° if possible.