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.
Uncommonly Lucky | California Common
- 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
- Original Gravity: 1.054 (13.3 °P)
- Final Gravity: 1.016 (4.1 °P)
- ABV: 5.0%
- IBU: 41
- SRM: 11
- Boil Time: 60 minutes
- Efficiency: n/a
- Pre-boil Volume: 7 gallons (26.5 L)
- Pre-boil Gravity: 1.046 (11.4 °P)
Ferment at 62° F (17° C). When finished fermenting, carbonate the beer from 2.5 to 3 volumes of CO2.
*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).
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).