To commemorate my moving to California recently, and after tasting the some California Commons style beers from Brad of Bigler Brewing Co., I thought I’d take a crack at the style. My initial thoughts are to do something IPA-ish with a high starting gravity and dry hopped but using lager yeast. This should give things that steam beer funk along with some crisp hoppiness of the West Coast ales.
I have no idea how this one is going to turn out, but I’ve got ingredients on order now to do two variations. My initial ideas are to do things modestly for the first batch and then kick out all the stops for the second one. Well maybe not all the stops, but a few more in any case.
Plan for the first batch is roughly to do a 8lb grain bill for a 2.5 gal batch of beer. 1/2 oz of Cascade hops at the beginning of the boil. 1/2 oz in the primary, then 1oz in the secondary. I’m going to use some 75L crystal malt to make the malt character a little more interesting. This should give it a little color and maybe a little of a carmel/raisin flavor.
Second batch I’ll use more Crystal and 2oz of hops in the secondary.