Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Steamacularly Common (Batch 341)

R.I.P. Anchor Brewing company

After 127 years in business, Anchor Brewing has closed.

It is sad.

Back in the Spring of 2019, the family visited San Francisco, and shortly after, I brewed a California Common beer in honor of Anchor Steam, their iconic classic beer. (see Bridge Fog California Common (Batch 231)).

Upon hearing about the closing of Anchor Brewing, I decided to brew another beer inspired by Anchor Steam.

The American Homebrew Association published a Clone Recipe of the beer, which I used as a base to my recipe ...

Alexa told me that it was likely to thunder storm overnight, so I did not set up the Foundry on the patio to heat up before I got up.

I was up a little before 6AM and got the water into the Foundry then.

The yeast I decided to use was the Altbier yeast that I harvested from Gypsy Magic Bière de Garde (Batch 339).

I didn't make a starter the day before. Instead I collected some of the wort from the mash and diluted it with ice to get a "vitality starter going".

It was time to go to church around the time the mash was to be done, so I decided to let the wort sit at 190ish while I left. I also let the basket drain the whole time I was gone.

Even so, I squeezed the bag and got a fair amount of liquid out.

My pre-boil gravity and volume was pretty much right on plan.

After getting home from church, I started the boil.

For the second time, I used my hop spider. It seems to work well, although there isn't much agitation of the liquid inside the spider, so I stirred the liquid in there from time to time.

After the boil, I chilled the wort to around 80 with my hose water. I then switched to recirculated ice water to get the wort down to the mid-50's.

I had the wort in the fermenter and the yeast pitched before 11am.

I'm using my cooling system to keep the beer cool. For the first 24 hours, I kept the fermentation slightly below 60. Then, I let it rise to 64ish.

After a couple of days, I will off the cooling system and let the beer finish off at ambient temperature.

I am looking forward to trying this beer. I am sure I will like it.

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