California Dreamin'

Source: David Campbell
Recipe added: 03/27/00

I wanted to make an Anchor Steam clone, but got carried away with the hops. The body of the beer is sweet, smooth and copper red with a dense creamy head. Moderate hop aroma combines with assertive hop flavor and a full, spicy, lingering bitterness reminicent of an India Pale Ale in strength. To do over, I would have cut out on 1 ounce of hops somewhere along the way. Still, a nice refreshing beer and successful first lager.


Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Starting Gravity: 1.053
Finishing Gravity: 1.013
Time in Boil: 60 min.
Primary Fermentation: 3 weeks in plastic
Secondary Fermentation: 7 weeks in glass



Created one liter starter w/ yeast. Steeped caramel malt in one gallon water for 30 min. at 160 degrees. Added this to 2 gallons water in brewpot and brought to boil. 2 ounces Northern Brewer at start of boil. 1/2 ounce Northern Brewer and 1/2 ounce of Casades at 30 min. 1/2 ounce of Cascades at 40 min. 1 tsp. Irish Moss at 45 min. 1/2 ounce Cascades at 50 min. 1/2 ounce Cascades at end of boil. Chilled and pitched starter at 60 degrees. Fermented at 52 degrees for 3 weeks and lagered in secondary for an additional 7 weeks.
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