California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

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California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby cpa4ny » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:28 am

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Hi all,

This Sunday I will be using Wyeast 2112 California Lager yeast for the first time - the yeast that's used by the iconic Anchor Steam.

It is a lager yeast that's been conditioned to work best at elevated temperatures - at around 16C-18C:

https://www.wyeastlab.com/com_b_yeastst ... cfm?ID=131

The beer is not meant to be an exact clone of Anchor Steam - as you can see, I am not using any crystal malt as it is purportedly done in the original.

I do add some Munich & Amber malt for a bit more maltiness / toastiness. 100 gr of Carafa II is added purely for the color.

I will be using Northern Brewer hops that Anchor Steam uses for both bittering & aroma.

Will see how this goes :ugeek: :beer:
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Dicko » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:10 am

I enjoy that style.
I have made a few and I have been generally pleased with each one.
I agree to use very little crystal, if any, as the yeast is a low attenuator and the result if using crystal can be cloying.
Post up the results if you can.....you have encouraged me to consider brewing another one in the near future. :drink:
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:40 am

Thanks Dicko - was blessed with a smooth brewday yesterday.

Will surely post some photos once this is done :cheers:
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Lgkex » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:24 am

Did you do anything to the mash to get the PH in the 5.2 to 5.5 range?
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:12 am

I use Calcium Chloride and/or Calcium Sulfate to get to the right level of calcium in my brewing liquor.

That brings down the mash pH somewhat; however, not enough for my water if I brew pale/amber beers.

I further acidify with 10% phosphoric acid, targeting the lower range of the pH scale - 5.2-5.3.
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Lgkex » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:38 pm

I brewed a CA common last week. I also had to acidify the mash with 1 oz of 10% phosphoric acid. Beer has been in primary for 8 days. Gravity is down to 1.013 which is around 75% attenuation. Dry and on the bitter side which is probably good for the style. I'm going to leave it in the primary for another 4 days then crash and transfer to keg for conditioning for another month.
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby cpa4ny » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:26 am

75% attenuation is great - Wyeast website says that 2112 can only do about 67%-71%.

I understand that this yeast leaves a very clear beer - is it getting clear after 8 days?
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Lgkex » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:15 am

Sample drawn from the fermentor today. A little haze but mostly clear. Yeast I used was WLP810 San Francisco Lager. Started cold at 56f and rose to 61f. Made started, pitched equivalent of three vials of yeast. I wasn't sure that would be enough yeast but results look and taste good so far. I could smell sulfur early on but that has disappeared. I will crash for a couple of days then bottle some for competition and keg the rest for consumption. I 'm thinking this has the potential to be a 35+ point beer. Color might be a little dark. Only beer I know in this style is Anchor Steam and as I recall it is lighter in color. BJCP style is Dark Amber Hybrid with SRM 10 - 14 so maybe I'm okay. How is your batch doing?
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby BrauTim » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:03 pm

Cool trick, how do you get the beer to stay in the glass like that?

:lol:
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Dan » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:14 pm

BrauTim wrote:Cool trick, how do you get the beer to stay in the glass like that?

:lol:


It's all to do with where you are on Earth.
The same beer would look like this Down Under
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:50 pm

Dan wrote:
BrauTim wrote:Cool trick, how do you get the beer to stay in the glass like that?

:lol:


It's all to do with where you are on Earth.
The same beer would look like this Down Under
download/file.php?mode=view&id=82

:D


Ah ha!! now I know why my beers don't last long down here :lol:
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:13 am

Lgkex wrote:Sample drawn from the fermentor today. A little haze but mostly clear. Yeast I used was WLP810 San Francisco Lager. Started cold at 56f and rose to 61f. Made started, pitched equivalent of three vials of yeast. I wasn't sure that would be enough yeast but results look and taste good so far. I could smell sulfur early on but that has disappeared. I will crash for a couple of days then bottle some for competition and keg the rest for consumption. I 'm thinking this has the potential to be a 35+ point beer. Color might be a little dark. Only beer I know in this style is Anchor Steam and as I recall it is lighter in color. BJCP style is Dark Amber Hybrid with SRM 10 - 14 so maybe I'm okay. How is your batch doing?


Hi Lgkex - the beer has only spent one week in the fermentor, haven't sampled it yet (just came back from Easter break yesterday).

I also made a two-step 2L starter for mine (saved a bit of that to follow what I've read here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/yeast-harve ... roach.html )

Will try to see how are doing today. Throughout last week the fermentation has been very strong, however I ferment it @ 18C (~64F) - Wyeast recommended fermentation temperature is between 58-68° F, so I went for the middle ground.

Do you plan to lager yours?
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby Lgkex » Fri May 02, 2014 9:18 am

Cpa4ny

Yes, lagered beer for a couple of weeks then forced carbonated. I bottled some for competition and the rest is kegged. I'm sending 3 bottles off to competition in VA this weekend. I will let you know how it scores.
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Re: California Common (Anchor Steam-ish) recipe

Unread postby cpa4ny » Fri May 02, 2014 9:33 am

Lgkex,

Nice - got a photo of the brew?

Mine is still setting in the fermenter.
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