Batch 46: Hon Common (Baltimore “California” Common)

Recipe Type: All-Grain
Yeast: WLP810
Yeast Starter: Saved from 1L starter from 1L starter from original vial used in Batch 31
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.006 (6.3% est ABV)
IBU: 35
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 11 L
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

10# Vienna Malt
1# C60

0.8oz Super Styrian (Aurora; 10.3%) 60 min
0.4oz Super Styrian 30 min
0.6oz Super Styrian 0 min

Based on Yooper’s earlier recipe (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f63/california-common-anchor-steam-clone-extract-ag-54301/), substituting Vienna malt for 2-row, and Super Styrian (Aurora) Hops for Northern Brewer (trying to equate hop additions to IBUs listed for each addition in Yooper’s recipe).

I let the kettle temperature for the strike water reach 174 (real strike target was 165), then opened the kettle valve to slowly add hot water as I added grain, so that the mash tun filled with water and grain as I stirred slowly when mixing and adding. Just a few small dough balls. I was worried that it would be too hot, so at one point I added about a half or full quart of room-temp water to the mash as I was building it. Mashed in at my target of 152*, final temperature was 151*

UPDATE 1/16/15 – took a sample, it is hazy but beginning to clear, fruity, malty, and quite tasty!!! Definitely a lager.