This August the Red Ledge Brewers Home Brew Club is participating in the 2017 Michigan Home Brew Festival.  I’ve decided to create a California Common beer recipe to bring to the event.  I chose this style because it is a light and refreshing beer that I think would be easily enjoyed under a blazing Michigan sun.

Anchor Steam Brewery

Anchor Steam Brewery

Fun facts concerning the style. It originated in 1850’s California.  At the time it was know as “steam beer”.  It was brewed using a lager yeast, but due to the lack of refrigeration, fermented at ale temperatures .  A fine example of this beer, if not the staple to which others are compared, is San Francisco based Anchor Brewing Company Anchor Steam Beer.  In a recent trip to San Francisco I was fortunate enough to tour the Brewery. What a great experience that was!

Recipe

I digress.  Back to the recipe.  In order to keep this as simple as possible (Keep It Simple Stupid) this will be an extract batch. I was hoping for a SMASH recipe, Single Malt and Single Hop, but I needed to add a touch of crystal 40 to darken the color to be within the acceptable parameters of the BJCP style guide for 7B California Common Beer.

I may fine tune a bit, but this is to what I’ve resolved.

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