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Old 03-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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I brewed up a true brew California common today and I threw the wort in my 6.5 plastic gallon bucket. Right now its in my room which is 69 F , but I have been reading that maybe i should keep it at a lower temperature. Any california common experts out there? What temp should I keep it at and for how long ? I am using dry lager yeast by the way , but I also have a glass carboy that I want to use for the second fermentor, I just don't know when to switch it and what temp I should keep it at?

 
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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The White Labs San Francisco Lager yeast recommends 55F for fermentation, the recommended range on the packaging is 58-68F. It is the White Labs "Common" yeast.

Which dry yeast are you using?
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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I've always used the California Lager yeast from wyeast

I fermented in the mid 60's left if for a few weeks. One of my favorite beers to date. You don't have to use the seondary for this beer unless you need to for some reason
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I'm no expert (I've made one CC) and I used Wyeast California Lager. Fermented at 60 for 3 weeks and then "lagered" in secondary at 45 (I think without looking at my notes) for 3 weeks. It was one of my best brews.
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Not an expert, but I think you get a cleaner tasting beer with lower ferm temps. I ferment mine at 59-60F and then do a diacetyl rest at 68F for a few days at the end. All in the primary 3-4 weeks and then it's ready to bottle. Turns out great.

 
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:01 PM   #6
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This is a steam beer. It is meant to be fermented at ale temperatures. So mind 60's is perfect. It's not a lager even though it uses lager yeast which is the point it's a hybrid style. I prefer mine like this, if I want a lager I will make a lager.........

 
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:12 PM   #7
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this is a steam beer. It is meant to be fermented at ale temperatures. So mind 60's is perfect. It's not a lager even though it uses lager yeast which is the point it's a hybrid style. I prefer mine like this, if i want a lager i will make a lager.........
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:18 AM   #8
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Perfect timing on this one, I brewed my first batch of CC last Thursday. I have it in the ferm chamber set at 61 degrees.

Time to research methodology and benefits for "diacetyl rest"

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Old 03-14-2012, 03:39 AM   #9
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Not an expert, but I think you get a cleaner tasting beer with lower ferm temps. I ferment mine at 59-60F and then do a diacetyl rest at 68F for a few days at the end. All in the primary 3-4 weeks and then it's ready to bottle. Turns out great.
This is exactly how I just finished mine and it was great.

 
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #10
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The california common form the TRUE BREW GOLD KIT is still in its primary bucket, on day two of fermenting.. Now the guy at the store told me after a few days it should stop bubbling, and then I can switch it to the secondary (glass carboy), but on here everyone is writing that you ferment it in the primary for a few weeks. THis guy only said a couple days.. So what do you think? How long do I keep it in the primary or how do I tell when its done? By the airlock? And then what about the secondary? How do I tell when its done in the secondary ? (I want a more refined brew so thats why I am using a secondary).. Thanks

 
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