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Bridge Fog California Common

Brewed: 03/29/2019   Kegged: 04/07/2019
Golden Gate Bridge
Spring Break 2019, the family and I went to San Francisco to visit.

While there, we obviously could see the Golden Gate bridge every day, and I took tons of pictures.

I also had Anchor Steam a few times while there. 

When I got back, I still had a couple days off from work and decided to brew. 

I thought a California Common would be an appropriate beer to brew after getting back. 

So, I started with Jamil's California Common recipe in Brewing Classic Styles. 

I modified it a little. I had some Mexican Lager Yeast harvested from the last time I had made a lager, and decided to use that rather than getting the California Lager yeast.

For more about our trip to San Francisco, see Sheppy's Blog: San Francisco.

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Bridge Fog.


Bridge Fog California Common --- Batch 1

Style California Common Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.053 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 35.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.7 %
BU : GU   0.664        
Recipe Color 11.0 SRM
Measured OG:   1.052    Measured FG:    1.010
ADF:   81   Measured ABV:    5.5%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
8.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 78.4 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 9.8 %
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4 5.9 %
8.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.9 %
4.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 6 2.0 %
1.000 oz Northern Brewer [6.30 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 7 25.1 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 -
1.000 oz Cascade [6.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 9 5.8 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 10 -
1.000 oz Northern Brewer [6.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 11 4.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 12 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 15.94 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (5.02gal, 0.76gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make yeast starter before brew day. (I used yeast cake from Mardi Bock)
Water profile assumes BeerSmith Denver profile start
Final: Ca=100; Mg=9; Na=21; SO=215; Cl=23; HCO3=104;
Mash / boil as directed on recipe.
Chill as close to 60 degrees as possible. Ferment cold for one day and then let rise as the yeast wants to.
After a week, let the fermentation finish off at room temperature.
Keg and carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
03/28/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today
03/29/2019 esheppy
Brew day today. Everything went well.
03/30/2019 esheppy
Fermenting hard. 1.031. 63F.
03/31/2019 esheppy
Still going. Lots of krausen. Still has that lager sulfur smell. 1.019. 65F.
04/02/2019 esheppy
Krausen gone and nice color. Gravity down to 1.011, which is probably close to expected FG.
04/04/2019 esheppy
Been at 1.010 for a couple of days. Calling that the FG.
04/06/2019 esheppy
A keg freed up last night. Not sure if I'll keg this beer today or not.
04/07/2019 esheppy
Kegged. Put into kegerator to chill. Planning to add gelatin in a day or two. Sample was nice.amber.
04/09/2019 esheppy
Added gelatin. Turned on the gas to 15psi.
04/11/2019 esheppy
Carbonation looking pretty good. Nive cascading action when I poured. Delicious.
04/20/2019 esheppy
Really enjoying this beer while grilling chicken. Not a Anchor Steam, but I'm ok with that.
05/03/2019 esheppy
Great clarity. I really like the malt yeast combo.
05/19/2019 esheppy
Killed the keg. End of a yummy beer.
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