So i Just ordered a cali common steam ale extract kit. (it will be my second ever batch!)(im hooked) Does anybody with a little more experience have any suggestions for keeping everything on track (especially with steam ale)?
I just did a partial mash steam beer a week and a half ago using a Wyeast Activator smack pack Cali Common Yeast. I'm fermenting it at the low end of temp range for that yeast 57-59F. So I'm going to let it go a little longer in primary than my last couple ales. I'll probably take a gravity reading tomorrow to see where I'm at.
Depending on the yeast you are using, just watch the fermentation temp range.
I plan on sticking mine in secondary for 2 weeks and then I'll keg it and cold condition it for 3 more weeks.
Hopefully someone that's brewed one of these before will chime in with more tips for you.
it's supposed to be a lager style fermented on the high side. i think of brewing a pale lager in the desert during the gold rush, with no way to control fermentation temps. then you tap it, and drink it.
My basement's been cool-so it fermented at about 57-62 degrees...and it took a while longer than normal ales. I think it was in the primary for 5 weeks-then bottled. Just coming around now, but it's really tasty.