I've never made this before but love Anchor Steam which is the OG example of the CA Common style. It's clean and crisp with a malty presence and balanced hop character.
And since the specs line up with German Kellerbier... and I am using a German yeast strain, I have added Amber Kellerbier to the styles.
Whatever you call it, this came out as a clean and drinkable amber lager.
Full recipe is on BF, but here's the TL;DR
- Brew day: 2018-3-4 (2nd brew of the day)
- Malts: 2-row, Crystal 60, Chocolate
- Hops: Nugget, Northern Brewer
- Yeast: W34/70
- kegged 2018-3-13
- OG: 1.049, FG 1.012, ABV 5%
Grains: 2-row, crystal 60, chocolate malt
New (to me) approach to filling the kettle. Aside from a little difficulty getting the hose off the kettle valve/barb, this worked great and I can keep the hose adapter on the pot filler for the whole brewing process.
Mash complete. Time to sparge a bit through the bag and top up to 7G
Northern Brewer hops - a classic
Boil complete - chilling
This went on a yeast cake that started as a Czech pils, then went into the Maibock (pictured left), then into the Arvada Common. They seem happy!
Kegged and carbed. Tasting great - still a bit hazy (pretty good for brewday +10) but clearing fast. Nice nutty amber character. I'd like it a little darker, but I think it will become more red as it clears over the next week or so.
2018-4-28 and completely clear - tasting great. clean malt, slight spicy/earthy hop character and great appearance