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California Common Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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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 Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1047
Total Time to Make2 months
5.0 / 5.0
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Generally most of the beer kits I have brewed from Northern Brewer have been great. This one I was hoping would be very similar to my favorite San Francisco steam beer. In a side by side blindfolded taste test, the NB kit won out. It had a slightly different, but better hop flavor. For my personal taste, this one hits the nail on the head!
December 25, 2016
True to Style
I am an all grain brewer and just brewed the California Common EXTRACT kit. Don't hate. Anyway, this is hands down the best beer I have brewed all year, 2013. I would not be surprised if this were to medal in competition. I consider it very true to style. Having said that, I do not plan to share this with anyone, except my closest friends and family. It is so good that I do not want to give up three bottles for a stupid competition. Great job guys.
May 20, 2013
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What temperature is ideal for fermentation for this beer? The summer months are approaching and I may need some temperature control equipment.
Andrew B on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The intended fermentation temperature depends upon the yeast you choose to use with this brew. If using the Safale S-23 the optimum temperature is 50-57F. For the Wyeast 2112 California Lager yeast the optimum temperature is 58-68F
What would you recommend for hop additions for this recipe for a full volume boil?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
I brewed a batch of California common extract w/ specialty grains three days ago. I looked at it yesterday and everything looked normal. It had about 2 inches of foam on top and the air lock was releasing air bubbles at a normal interval. I got up this morning and looked at it and the foam was gone and I noticed the bung had pushed up out of the big mouth bubbler. I pushed the bung back in place but I was wondering if I should dispose of this batch because air had entered the bubbler for possibly up to 24 hours?
A shopper on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Don't throw it out. Remember, people were brewing beer in far less sanitized conditions for 100s/1000s of years and did just fine. Recap it and see what happens. It should be fine. Even if it picked up some stray yeast, it will just give it a slightly different flavor. But the desired yeast will still probably greatly outnumber the wild yeast and you won't notice anything off. Taste it when going to secondary (if used) and when bottling. Unless is tastes really bad, it will be worth it to continue.

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