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Beer Style: California Common Beer (7B)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

California Common Beer


This was brewed trying to simulate Anchor Steam flavor. The taste is close to what I want but the beer is cloudy. Also has a somewhat `thin' taste. I want more hop nose so I am going to dry hop with about an ounce of Nothern brewer next time and probably use a different bittering hop than Willamette.


  • 3.3 pounds, light M&F DME
  • 3 pounds, light unhopped M&F malt extract
  • 1 pound, crystal malt
  • 2 ounces, Willamette hops
  • Wyeast #1007

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Started yeast 48 hours prior to brew. Used 1 cup DME boiled in 2 cups water for primer.

1 ounce Willamette at start of boil 1, ounce at end. Boiled 1/2 hour, sat 1/2 hour, strained into primary, pitched yeast, fermented at 78 in primary for 1 week, secondary for 2 weeks. Used bottled water because my water has a high concentration of calcium and no cholorine.