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California Common All-Grain Kit


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A hybrid style – a highly hopped, pale lager fermented at ale temperatures, exhibiting earthy hop bitterness and aroma, caramel malt, and a pale copper color with a clean, crisp profile.

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California Common was an accidental discovery: residents of Gold Rush-era San Francisco wanted to drink Pilsner but local brewers had to make do with primitive refrigeration techniques. The result was a hybrid style – a highly hopped, pale lager fermented at ale temperatures, and possibly America's first original contribution to the beer world. Our version exhibits earthy hop bitterness and aroma, caramel malt, and a pale copper color with a clean, crisp profile.
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Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for California Common All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1047
Total Time to Make2 months
4.3 / 5.0
11 Reviews
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Great Kit - Great Beer
I have purchased and brewed the California Common All-Grain Kit a few times and I really like it a lot. I prefer to brew it in the fall or spring so that I can I can age it (after primary fermentation) in my garage for a month or two at a temperature around 50 degrees F.
November 12, 2015
Great Brew.
Will make this one again. Made the OG. Had no problems.
August 2, 2015
love it
Have made this beer extant 3 time and AG now and it is a house beer. Add about 3lb of honey every time adds a little bit to the flavor to smooth out the bitterness. Great beer love it.
December 21, 2012
Good brew despite missing OG
I brewed as normal and was baffled about why my OG came in at 1.031 (target 1.047). I continued with the normal fermentation, lagering, bottling, and conditioning. The beer came out fine with the exception of having only 3% ABV. Nice crisp hoppy taste, clear copper color, nice head retention. Very drinkable. After bottling, I brewed a pilsner and had the same low OG problem which I now believe was due to a bad digital thermometer when mashing (probably 20 or 30 degrees too low). Would like to try this again with an accurate thermometer.
December 7, 2012
A good flavor beer
Beer came out good. For mash efficiency reasons I modified the ingredients to include an extra pound of Briess Caramel 10 L. As it turns out my OG was 1065. I stuck to the hops schedule and noticed a high hops aroma but not too bitter, I really like that part. However after 4 weeks in the bottle this aroma was not as prominent, and the beer seemed a bit bland. I will definately make this beer again, I just have to drink it up faster.
July 1, 2012
A Must-Have-On-Stand-By Brew
Brewed the extract kit first time; only drank two of the 52 bottles, everyone loved it and took it ;(No off taste here. I've had more comments on this brew than any other I've done in the past. Black IPA being a close second (that I dry hop with 1.5 oz AmirilloJust brewed the All Grain kit and plan to dry hop with 1oz Amarillo at secondary. I'll post again with notes on that.Cheers--CT
June 18, 2012
California Common Gone Wrong
I brewed this recently and planned to leave out 1 oz. of the hops. I also planned to add apple flavor. Brew day went well and hit all the marks, that is until the Wyeast pack didn't work as I thought it should. Waited overnight for it to swell. It didn't, so I grabbed a pack of Wyeast American Ale from the fridge, activated it, pitched it and hoped for the best. Several weeks later, this beer is among the best I have brewed. So I have a not so common California Common apple flavored brew. FWIW, the Wyeast pack started swelling after about 3 days. So, heads up... activate the Wyeast pack at least 2 days ahead of brew day.
November 23, 2011
Turned out well. I actually brewed this with my father in-law to convert him from an extract brewer to a all-grain brewer. Very easy to brew. Single Mash, I hit perfect gravity without practically trying. I bought a bottle of Anchor Steam (the most iconic Cal-common beer) to compare side to side. My notes were that my beer had a little more amber color much bolder hop flavor but pretty similar malt quality. But naturally since it was home brew it tasted much fresher and livelier.
September 23, 2011
Will try again
This was my first time brewing this still, I did increase the amount of northern brewer hops used. Beer came out good but not great, had an off flavor like homebrew does that uses malt extract, probably due to something I did (who knows). I will try brewing this kit again.
March 29, 2010
good average beer
I did two batches of this brew -one using the dry yeast from Safe ale and the other using live yeast from Wyeast. Though they are both good every day drinking beers I found that the Safe ale 23 gave it a better flavor. I would absolutely continue making this brew since virtually anyone could drink it, and there are some days I don't want anything strong flavored.
December 14, 2009
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