California Common – All-Grain Kit – 4.7%
We utilise Chevallier® as the base malt to give a rich, robust, marmalade and malty base and layer on top the classic California Common hops, Northern Brewer.
California common is far from common on store shelves and at brewpubs. While you might find a few different examples with some searching, the most well known example of this style is Anchor Steam. During the California gold rush California common, or “steam beer,” was the inexpensive beer of the working class. It was found almost everywhere along the West Coast and was brewed by as many as 25 breweries in San Francisco alone. Over the course of more than 100 years, however, steam beer almost completely disappeared. By 1965, the Anchor Brewery of San Francisco was the only brewery still producing steam beer. It was about to close its doors for good when Fritz Maytag came along to save it and the steam beer that they had been brewing since 1896.
California common has a moderately rich malt character and a dry finish. The malt character is obvious, with bread, toast, caramel and slight graininess, but it is never heavy in flavor or aroma. The hop bittering is quite firm, balancing the beer decidedly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. In the Anchor example, Northern Brewer hops play a big role. They provide a moderate to high level of woody (some people say rustic or minty) flavors and aromas. The hops also help the beer finish dry and firm. Mouthfeel is medium and can have a slightly creamy feel. The carbonation tends to be higher than the average American ale, around three volumes. While the beer has some subtle, light fruity esters from fermentation, it shouldn’t be any more than a trace.
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IBU : 35 (Tinseth)
BU/GU : 0.69
Color : 23 EBC
Crisp Malts (5.35 kg)
3.5 kg – Chevallier Heritage Malt 6.5 EBC (74.8%)
1.3 kg – Dark Munich Malt 44 EBC (24.3%)
50 g – Low Colour Chocolate Malt 550 EBC (0.9%)
Hops (80 g)
80 g – Northern Brewer – 8.5%
1 pkg – Lallemand (LalBrew) Diamond Lager
We have a range of All-Grain Kits available, something for everyone’s taste!