This has been a local favorite here in Santa Cruz for many years. This is a European style dark lager with a mellow hop character, a bittersweet malt flavor, and a smooth lager finish. Based on the German Bock style, but fermented with California lager yeast, so cold fermentation is not required.
Contains organic malted barley, organic hops, organic bottling sugar, Irish Moss, recipe, and instructions.
Produces an original gravity of approximately 1.048
Note: This recipe is traditionally fermented as a lager, which requires a slow and cold fermentation at about 50F for 3-4 weeks before dropping the temperature down to around 35-40F for a cold conditioning period of 1-3 months. This cold and slow fermentation results in very clean, crisp, and refreshing malty beers. Brewing lagers usually requires special equipment to maintain proper cold fermentation temperatures.
If you don't have a way to lager: If you can't lager this beer, you can make a very good pseudo-lager by using a California Common-style yeast---a strain that produces lager-like beers at normal room temperatures (60-70F). These strains take much less time as well (2-3 weeks total fermentation), and while you don't need to do a cold conditioning period afterwards, storing your keg or bottles in the fridge for a few weeks or even up to a month or two can help get this beer tasting more clean and crisp.
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