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Beer Style: California Common Beer (7B)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 2.75 US gallons

California Common Beer
Beer Color

Ingredients:

  • 5.00 gal - Deionized Water (Water)
  • 2.00 g - Calcium Sulfate (Gypsum) (Mash 60 min) (Misc)
  • 2.00 g - Chalk (Mash 60 min) (Misc)
  • 1.00 g - Calcium Chloride (Mash 60 min) (Misc)
  • 5 lbs - Pale Ale Malt, US (Briess) (3.5 SRM) (Grain)
  • 6.0 oz - Caramel 80L (80.0 SRM) (Grain)
  • 2.0 oz - Chocolate Malt (US) (350.0 SRM) (Grain)
  • 0.2 oz - Northern Brewer [10.6%] - Boil 60 min (Hops)
  • 0.2 oz - Northern Brewer [10.6%] - Boil 30 min (Hops)
  • 0.25 - Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10 min) (Misc)
  • 0.6 oz - Northern Brewer [10.6%] - Boil 5 min (Hops)
  • 1 pkgs - San Francisco Lager (White Labs #WLP810) (Yeast)

Additional Instructions

Boil: 60 Minutes

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.046 (11.4° P)
Final Gravity: 1.014 SG (3.6° P)
Alcohol by Vol: 4.2%
Color SRM: 16.5  Color Sample 
Bitterness IBU: 39.9
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 2.75 US Gallons

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 Reviewed by krispy3d on Wed May 7 2014

A simple recipe which highlights the value of fermentation temperature control. I fermented this at 58 degrees for five days, let it warm to 68 for a couple more, then kept it at 34 degrees for another full week. This really helped it get clean and clear. Deliciously simple amber recipe with pleasant lager characteristics. A little darker and redder than the trademark Steam beer.