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Anchor Steam-Style Amber

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Anchor Steam-Style Amber

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

California Common Beer


This recipe was offered in 1986 by the now-defunct Home Brewer shop in San Jose, California, as the best approximation to Anchor Steam possible with home-brew-scale extract brewing.


  • 7 pounds, John Bull plain light malt extract
  • 1/4-1/2 pound, crystal malt
  • 2 ounces, Northern Brewer hops (11 alpha) (boil)
  • 1 ounce, Cascade hops (5.6 alpha) (finish)
  • 2 packs, lager yeast

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Pour 1 gallon water into brewpot. Crush grains and add to brewpot. Bring to boil. Remove grains. Add malt extract. Add 1/3 of the boiling hops. After 20 minutes, add another 1/3 of hops. After another 20 minutes add the last 1/3 of hops. After another 20 minutes, remove from heat and add finishing hops. Cover wort. Pour 3 gallons cold water into fermenter. Strain wort into fermenter along with enough water to make 5-1/2 gallons. Pitch yeast and put in blowoff tube or airlock.