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.
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!
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.