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Amber and Brown American Beer - California Common


A lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness, interesting toasty and caramel flavors, and showcasing rustic, traditional American hop characteristics.

Flavor Profile: Moderately malty with a pronounced hop bitterness. The malt character is usually toasty (not roasted) and caramelly. Low to moderately high hop flavor, usually showing rustic, traditional American hop qualities (often woody, rustic, minty). Finish fairly

Ingredients: Pale ale malt, non-citrusy hops (often Northern Brewer), small amounts of toasted malt and/or crystal malts. Lager yeast; however, some strains (often with the mention of "California" in the name) work better than others at the warmer fermentation tempera

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 California Common Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Steam Beer
23 L 5.03% 31.61 1.054 1.015
All Grain 3536
Californian Common
19 L 5.31% 34.7 1.048 1.007
BIAB 3031
Sörli
23 L 5.65% 43.4 1.054 1.011
All Grain 2407
California Lager
5.5 gal 4.79% 40.75 1.045 1.009
All Grain 2384
California Common
3.25 gal 4.79% 30.7 1.052 1.016
All Grain 2263
19B1. California Common
5.5 gal 4.79% 34.35 1.052 1.015
All Grain 2217
NEIPA?
12 L 4.73% 80.54 1.049 1.013
Partial Mash 2202
Obsidian Steam Beer
5 gal 4.69% 37.89 1.046 1.010
All Grain 1988
California UnCommon Bastard
5 gal 5.81% 38.39 1.058 1.013
Partial Mash 1888
California Common
500 L 6.56% 0 1.067 1.017
extract 1496

Newest California Common Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Comoon
3 gal 5.31% 36.51 1.052 1.011
BIAB 32
California Common
20 L 5.32% 31.62 1.049 1.009
All Grain 23
Cal Common
23 L 4.9% 33.01 1.048 1.011
All Grain 35
Full Steam Ahead
5.5 gal 5.48% 42.23 1.051 1.009
All Grain 49
Awesome Recipe
100 L 6.59% 0 1.067 1.017
All Grain 35
Andrew's Cali Common
20 L 5.64% 44.28 1.054 1.011
All Grain 65
Thank-yer Spleen
5 gal 5.7% 37.3 1.060 1.017
BIAB 15
Full Steam Ahead
5.5 gal 5.04% 38.98 1.050 1.012
All Grain 47
GS Bitter Cali Common
23 L 5.22% 60.23 1.054 1.014
All Grain 61
California Common
5 gal 5.34% 30.54 1.052 1.011
BIAB 91

Fermentables Used In California Common Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
US - Pale 2-Row 176 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 71% 1% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 130 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 8% 2% - 22%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 113 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 8% 1% - 19%
Munich - Light 10L 102 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 13% 0% - 100%
American - Victory 89 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 6% 0% - 24%
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 56 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 61% 9% - 100%
United Kingdom - Pale Chocolate 43 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 207°L
33 1% 1% - 2%
American - Chocolate 42 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 1% 0% - 5%
American - Pilsner 36 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 63% 14% - 95%
American - Pale Ale 34 American Grain base malt 3.5°L
37 62% 14% - 94%

Hops Used In California Common Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Northern Brewer 351 7.8 32% 1% - 100%
Cascade 54 7 28% 6% - 67%
Chinook 30 13 28% 7% - 72%
Magnum 28 15 25% 4% - 81%
Perle 18 8.2 29% 8% - 67%
Saaz 17 3.5 27% 7% - 84%
Centennial 17 10 32% 6% - 100%
Willamette 14 4.5 28% 4% - 78%
Amarillo 14 8.6 25% 5% - 45%
Crystal 13 4.3 21% 5% - 67%

Steeping Grains Used In California Common Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 9 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 71% 23% - 100%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 8 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 64% 33% - 91%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 5 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 33% 10% - 50%
American - Victory 4 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 28% 20% - 33%
American - Caramel / Crystal 20L 3 American Grain crystal malt 20°L
35 26% 20% - 35%
American - Chocolate 3 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 10% 7% - 13%
Aromatic Malt 2 Grain specialty malt 20°L
35 27% 20% - 33%
American - Caramel / Crystal 80L 2 American Grain crystal malt 80°L
33 75% 50% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 2 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 93% 86% - 100%
Special B 2 Grain crystal malt 115°L
34 20% 7% - 33%

Yeasts Used In California Common Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
White Labs - San Francisco Lager Yeast WLP810 121 White Labs Lagers Med-High High 67.5% 58°F 65°F
Mangrove Jack - Californian Lager M54 119 Mangrove Jack Lagers n/a Med-High 79.5% 64°F 68°F
Wyeast - California Lager 2112 102 Wyeast Lagers 0.09 High 69% 58°F 68°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast W-34/70 31 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 83% 48°F 72°F
Imperial Yeast - L05 Cablecar 24 Imperial Yeast Lagers Medium High 71% 55°F 65°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 21 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast S-23 17 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 82% 48°F 72°F
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001 9 White Labs Ale High Medium 76.5% 68°F 73°F
Wyeast - German Ale 1007 8 Wyeast Ale 0.11 Low 75% 55°F 68°F
Crossmyloof - Californian 3 Crossmyloof Brew Lagers Medium Medium 79% 59°F 71.6°F

Other Ingredients Used In California Common Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 91 Water Agt Mash 23% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 50 Water Agt Boil 62% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 40 Water Agt Mash 20% 0% - 80%
Irish Moss 39 Fining Boil 75% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 37 Water Agt Mash 63% 1% - 100%
Epsom Salt 29 Water Agt Mash 7% 0% - 43%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 24 Water Agt Mash 20% 0% - 71%
Baking Soda 16 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 29%
Yeast Nutrient 15 Other Boil 26% 0% - 50%
Wyeast - Beer Nutrient 11 Water Agt Mash 41% 0% - 100%

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