California Common Ale - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

California Common Ale - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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California Common beer is a unique tasting recipe that typically utilizes Northern Brewer hops. With subdued fruity flavors, good hop bite and medium maltiness, this beer still retains its unique qualities due to a famous liquid yeast strain that retains lager characteristics up to 65 degrees.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.045-49
  • SRM (Color Range): 12
  • IBU's: 38-42 Estimated
  • Alcohol Percentage: 4.5%


Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.

Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.

MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME



ABV %4.5
Beer StyleSpecialty
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentLow (3-5%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range55-63
Brewing MethodExtract
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Trying something new
Denise L on May 28, 2020
similar to Steam beer from years ago
Kimberly P. B on Jan 21, 2020
Trying something new
Denise L on May 28, 2020
Kit of the week --> Gift
Patricia K on Feb 20, 2020
similar to Steam beer from years ago
Kimberly P. B on Jan 21, 2020
It was one of the only California Common Extract Kits that I could find.
Joseph H on Jan 14, 2020
Love Steam Beer
brian p on Jan 9, 2020
California common is a good summer beer.
Ken W on Jun 12, 2019
Alexa L on Dec 21, 2018
It was highly rated by customers
Tristan G on Oct 31, 2018
have brewed before and like it
Robert R on Feb 8, 2018
I love brewing this beer in extract and it’s hard to find websites that offer this extract kit at a decent price
Scott C on Feb 8, 2018
Kit of the week --> Gift
Patricia K on Feb 20, 2020
It was one of the only California Common Extract Kits that I could find.
Joseph H on Jan 14, 2020

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Might be my least favorite of all the kits I’ve done
May 3, 2020
7 months ago
Best beer on More Beer
This is a great drinkable beer. Foundation brew for me, I just keep coming back to it. I highly recommend buying the liquid yeast over dry. Great beginner beer, will not disappoint.
June 1, 2019
over 2 years ago
Good day to day beer.
I sometimes throw in a lb of golden raisins to sour it up a bit. Tasty! (I put them in a grain bag as I do not rack and they otherwise stop up the valve.)
December 3, 2018
over 2 years ago
Add a pound of honey and double up on the hops for a great cal honey ale
May 1, 2018
over 2 years ago
A Really Great Beer
I brewed this beer 6 weeks before my sons first communion and daughters 3rd birthday. I made a yeast starter with White labs San Francisco Lager yeast. It was an exiting fermentation at around 60+ degrees, clogging airlocks and blowing the stoppers. It sat in the primary for two weeks, secondary for two weeks, and then sat kegged in a 78 degree closet for two weeks. It was a huge hit and did not survive the function. Today, my wife asked for me to brew this again! Can't argue with the Law!
May 17, 2015
This is a great beer. This beer tastes as good at it looks. It isn't very hoppy but it isn't dull either. I also like it better than Anchor Steam. I will have this beer go into my regular rotation.
June 11, 2014
This was the first lager that I have made. I normally go with Ales due to the greater selection. But, with that said, I will definitely be brewing this again. I'm used to IPAs, but I like a less hoppy beer on warm days. This is definitely that "go to" beer for me for hot days. It has a slight fruity flavor, but not sweet. Flavorful, but easy to drink. I have it on tap and it's been perfect for these 90+ degree days. Very happy with the way it turned out. Better than had hoped. I used the recommended White Labs yeast.
June 9, 2014
One of my favorites
I have now brewed two of these kits and they are definitely my favorite session beer. Not quite as dry, a little fruitier than Anchor, but I actually prefer it.
May 29, 2013
Great Recipe
My first time making a Cal Common and I am very impressed. Not quite as dry as the namesake, but I like it better.
April 12, 2013
I've purchased two of these kits now and have officially dubbed it as my "go to" brew. Will certainly make it again.

Has a nice hoppy flavor without being as bold as an IPA. I've found that people who really like hoppy beer as well as those who prefer lighter beer both enjoy this.

Definitely a hit.
April 4, 2013