The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a hybrid style unique to the US. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer (ale-like) temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. At the time, brewers had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. In a way, the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny red in color, medium bodied, and possess a malty character. Some mildly fruitiness along with an herbal yet assertive hop bitterness are also typical.
Batch Size: 5 Gal. | Recipe Type: Extract | Brew Time: 3 Hrs | OG: 1.054 | Alc. By Vol. 5.0% | IBU: 41
This kit contains all the ingredients you'll need to brew your own 5 gallon California Common Ale.
*Please Note: This kit only includes the recipe ingredients. Equipment sold separately.