Quantcast

steam beer critique

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

Beerlord

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 19, 2008
Messages
116
Reaction score
0
Location
Tonawanda, NY
Want to make a California common style, never made one. I'm using Lager yeast becasue i hav a nice Wyeast O'fest yeast cake to rack onto.

This is what i came up with

10lbs of 2 row
1 lb of dark munic(iput it in everythign just cuz i liek it)
1 lb of 40l crystal

1 oz of Columbus 12.2 for 60
.5 oz of cascade for 20
.5 cascade at flame out

Other stuff i have on hand is:
1 lb of victory toasted
1 lb of cara pils

.5 oz of magnum
. 5oz of liberty
1 oz sazz
13 oz of hallertau :rockin: :)
1 oz of amarillo

please discuss
 

BigEd

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2004
Messages
2,884
Reaction score
384
Beerlord said:
:confused: no input?
Do you have a specific question? That recipe will certainly make a drinkable beer but not one that I would categorize as a Cal Common/Steam beer. A specific "Steam Beer" a la Anchor Steam would be 100% Northern Brewer hops. That is the modern definition of the style although there were breweries in the SF area making similar beers since the 19th Century using other hops. However, since the C hops in your recipe did not exist during that time frame the hops alone would take it out of the category. The yeast is also a determining factor. The Anchor yeast strain would be the most appropriate choice. Again the German yeast will make a fine beer but not quite with the same profile. :mug:
 

Blender

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2006
Messages
3,106
Reaction score
8
Location
Santa Cruz, CA.
The recipe looks sound enough and Ed's comments are right on as it will be a nice drinkable beer. For me I would use Magnum to bitter and mix in the Columbus and Cascade to finish it off to the level you like. I like Victory a lot and likely would use .5 of that and cut the Crystal to .5 at the same time.

I would pay handsomely for about a pound of Magnum, I really like them as bittering hops. Good Luck with this.
 
OP
B

Beerlord

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 19, 2008
Messages
116
Reaction score
0
Location
Tonawanda, NY
Yes, basically asking about the hops, thats what I have and couldn't find anythgin else, but i did score some EKG's toady at a bop wine shop
 
Top