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cossie.j

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Hi guys. So after a few failed attempts at lagers i lost interest in trying to brew them. But i had this itch to try another one again?
So I thought I’d try myself at a California common “ish” type of beer. I copied a recipe from john finch but scaled it up slightly to suite my laziness using my grainfather. I didn’t fancy using my micro pipe work! Also I swapped out the yeast for WLP 810 so i was just aiming for a lager ish beer?
Brew day went as smooth as silk ( I know i even surprised myself : ) ) and pitched my 2 Ltr starter @ 14c. I was going to use the brulosophy method here, once I achieved 50% attenuation I’ll raise the temp gradually to 20c until finally gravity is reached?

All was going well, after 5 hours from pitching I already had fermentation under way ( monitored using my tilt hydrometer ). But after 3 days fermenting my gravity had gone from 1.060 to 1.030? I wasn’t expecting it to ferment this quick? So naturally i started raising the temp. So I’m a week in from today, and currently fermenting @ 20c with only 4 points from my estimate FG. Sorry for the long post here, but I wasn’t expecting this to ferment so quickly? Would any of you more experienced brewers find this unusual? I’ve not taken a sample to try yet, so can’t comment on the sample taste? I’m sure I’ve missed some vitals out here, but any feedback would be welcomed ; ) I’m just desperate to brew a lager”ish beer for upcoming spring
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James
 

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It seems a bit fast - but 2l starter from a fresh pure pitch would have plenty of cells and vitality and 14c is pretty warm. I've done "proper' lagers a 12c and 9c with a diacetyl rest at 15c.

I did the cali common recipe in the Jamil book and it came out almost indistinguishable from Anchor Steam Beer - unfortunately I then realised I don't really like steam beer that much...
 

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It seems a bit fast - but 2l starter from a fresh pure pitch would have plenty of cells and vitality and 14c is pretty warm. I've done "proper' lagers a 12c and 9c with a diacetyl rest at 15c.

I did the cali common recipe in the Jamil book and it came out almost indistinguishable from Anchor Steam Beer - unfortunately I then realised I don't really like steam beer that much...
I used brewfathethers yeast calculator and it was 2 packs in a 2 liter starter, it slowed down once it hit 1.20 so i kept @ 20c until i reached my target gravity of 1.014. It’s currently cold crashing ready to be kegged at the weekend hopefully.

I’ve just haven’t much success brewing any lager type beers, so fingers crossed this one will turn out ok? I’ve done a couple of other Cali commons in the past and have enjoyed them, but with different yeasts and a lot warmer. Thanks for your input all the same
 
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