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Not- So- Common Common - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
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A modern twist on an American classic!

California Common is a unique beer style dating back to the days of the California Gold Rush, when brewers on the west coast incorporated caramel malts and additional hop character into their lager beers, helping mask the effects of warmer fermentation owing to a lack of available refrigeration. The resulting beer was a jack-of-all-trades: malty and full-bodied enough for a winter evening, but also hoppy and dry enough for the hottest California afternoon.

Here at MoreBeer! we love the classics, and Cal Common is no exception. But we’re a long way from 1849 and it’s time to give this classic, nearly forgotten beer style a chance to step into the modern age. To do that, we’ve combined the Northern Brewer hops that typify California Common with the Simcoe hops that are so prevalent in today’s California IPAs, creating our first ever hop blend, “Norcoe.” The resulting beer is still a delicious jack-of-all-trades, but with a hop profile that’s at the same time common, and not Common at all!

Estimated Original Gravity: 1.044-1.048
Estimated IBUs: 38-43
Estimated ABV%: 4.6%
Estimated SRM: 8.7

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below.

WLP810 - White Labs San Francisco Lager
WY2112 - Wyeast California Lager

ABV %4.6
Beer StyleSpecialty
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentLow (3-5%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range55-63
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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DAVID C on Feb 8, 2018
Sounded good and good reviews from brewers too
David C on Jan 12, 2018
DAVID C on Feb 8, 2018
I am learning all grain brewing and wanted an inexpensive recipe to try
eric a on Jan 13, 2018
Sounded good and good reviews from brewers too
David C on Jan 12, 2018
I am learning all grain brewing and wanted an inexpensive recipe to try
eric a on Jan 13, 2018

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Its good
Used US-05 on it, hopped in the keg. 5/5 will make it again.
June 4, 2018
5 months ago
I love this beer. And the price makes it even better.
April 9, 2018
9 months ago
Really good session beer
I did this with US-05 and it plays more like a session IPA or a Pale, but a really good one. Norther / Simcoe blend is great, not too piney and well balanced. Came out super clear with malt flavor and color like a common just a bit more hop flavor. I'm interested in trying it again with WLP810.
November 6, 2017
Not-So-Common Common in a good way!
The Wyeast 2112 gave this beer lager like characteristics. Mashed this recipe at 153 F and held the fermentation temp at 64 F. Tested positive on a friend who dislikes hoppy/bitter beers. I am not a fan of Northern Brewer as a flavor or aroma hops. The Simcoe addition seemed to reduce the harshness from the NB hops while maintaining balanced flavor. It's a little more like a pale ale in a good way. I am going to make this kit for fall 2017 and not mess with the lager yeast for an Oktoberfest.
January 31, 2017