Beer Recipe of the Week: Uncommonly Lucky
Uncommonly Lucky California Common
This recipe is an amber hybrid beer that is somewhat like Anchor Steam, except it's a little darker and has bigger malt flavors! Using one of the suggested yeast strains is a unique way to get a clean, crisp lager-like beer without actually having to wait months for fermentation. Find this recipe and others in Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John J. Palmer.
Extract Recipe 6 US Gallons (19L)
7 lb (3.17 kg) | Light Liquid Malt Extract
1.1 lb (0.49 kg) | Munich Light Liquid Malt Extract
1.0 lb (0.45 kg) | Medium Crystal Malt 40 °L
0.5 lb (227 g) | Victory Malt
2 oz (56 g) | Pale Chocolate Malt 200 °L
1 oz (28 g) | Northern Brewer Hop Pellets, 6.5% Alpha Acid (60 min)
1.5 oz (42 g) | Northern Brewer Hop Pellets, 6.5% Alpha Acid (15 min)
1.5 oz (42 g) | Northern Brewer Hop Pellets, 6.5% Alpha Acid (1 min)
2-2.5 pckg. (or appropriate starter) | WLP810 San Francisco Lager or WY2112 California Lager
*The recipe is intended to yield 6 gallons at the end of the boil. 5.5 gallons are assumed to be racked to the fermenter (accounting for 1/2 gallon loss). Final volume should be 5 gallons for bottling (accounting for 1/2 gallon loss).
Original Gravity: 1.054 (13.3 °P)
Final Gravity: 1.016 (4.1 °P)
Color: 11 SRM (21 EBC)
Alcohol: 5.0% ABV (3.9% ABW)
Boil Time: 60 mins
Pre-Boil Volume: 7 Gallons (26.5L)
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.046 (11.4 °P)
Fermenting and Conditioning:
Ferment at 62° F (17° C). When finished fermenting, carbonate the beer from 2.5 to 3 volumes of CO2.
All Grain Option:
For all-grain, replace light extract with 10 lb (4.53 kg) American Two-Row Malt. Replace the Munich extract with 1.25 lb (0.56 kg) Munich Malt (9 °L). Mash at 150° F (65.6° C).
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