This afternoon will be our first attempt at this California Common recipe
I made using BeerSmith. Any recipe suggestions before we start?
Estimated OG: 1.051 SG
Est FG: 1.013
Estimated Color: 11.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 38.3 IBUs
6 lbs LME Golden Light
10.0 oz Demerara Sugar
8.0 oz Crystal Malt - 60L
2.0 oz Carafa Special III
1.50 oz Northern Brewer [7.10 %] - First Wort 60 min
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [7.10 %] - Boil 20.0 min
1.00 oz Northern Brewer [7.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min
1 package WLP810 San Francisco Lager, 2.5L starter
This is also our first time using liquid yeast and making a starter. I used Jamil's yeast calculator to get an approximate pitching rate, but because we don't have a stir plate and weren't available to shake the starter every hour, I went with the "Simple with O2 at start" calculation... but 2.5L is over half a gallon. Since we do a partial boil and then top-up our carboy to 5 gallons, do I include the volume of starter in that top-up or pitch it after we reach the 5 gallon mark with water? We have a 6 gallon carboy, so 5 gallons is probably pushing it a little with head space already (we'll be using a blow-off tube for sure).
*edit* Forgot to add another question: We ferment in a basement that holds a constant 57 degrees F, and fermentation temps usually sit around 64 degrees F. This would be right near the top of the range for WLP810. Keeping in mind that we're not really looking for lager qualities from this beer, is this problematic or are we just going to get some additional esters from the yeast?