Not-So-Common Common - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Not-So-Common Common - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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A modern twist on an American classic!

California Common is a unique beer style dating back to the days of the California Gold Rush, when brewers on the west coast incorporated caramel malts and additional hop character into their lager beers, helping mask the effects of warmer fermentation owing to a lack of available refrigeration. The resulting beer was a jack-of-all-trades: malty and full-bodied enough for a winter evening, but also hoppy and dry enough for the hottest California afternoon.

Here at MoreBeer! we love the classics, and Cal Common is no exception. But we’re a long way from 1849 and it’s time to give this classic, nearly forgotten beer style a chance to step into the modern age. To do that, we’ve combined the Northern Brewer hops that typify California Common with the Simcoe® hops that are so prevalent in today’s California IPAs, creating our first ever hop blend, “Norcoe.” The resulting beer is still a delicious jack-of-all-trades, but with a hop profile that’s at the same time common, and not Common at all!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.040-1.048
  • SRM (Color Range): 9
  • IBUs: 38-43
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4.0-4.6%

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.
Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.

Simcoe® is a registered trademark owned by Yakima Chief Hops, LLC.

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My favorite.
Mike D on Dec 17, 2021
worked well last time
Alan G on Oct 14, 2020
My favorite.
Mike D on Dec 17, 2021
Maybe my favorite kit. Brewed this one many times
Mike D on Mar 9, 2021
worked well last time
Alan G on Oct 14, 2020
I used this kit previously with very good results. This kit is a good value.
Thomas Gariety on Sep 23, 2020
New, have not used it before
Robert M on Jun 20, 2020
Trying something new
Denise L on May 28, 2020
Sounds interesting.
Robin H on May 9, 2020
The ingredients looked good
mark l on Apr 9, 2020
its great
Mark W on Mar 24, 2020
I tried this before and it turned out great. It is nearly perfect for my taste in beer.
Thomas Gariety on Mar 18, 2020
It looks like a weak beer i can drink when i want something refreshing
Valued C on Mar 2, 2020
Love commons and a good price.
Kurtis M on Feb 28, 2020
Good Reviews and good price
Thomas Gariety on Feb 4, 2020
Adam S on Feb 4, 2020
Love Steam Beer
brian p on Jan 9, 2020
This is one of my favorite brew kits. I love it every time, in both kegs and bottles.
Mike D on Dec 31, 2019
I like steam beer.
John on Jul 15, 2019
Something Different
Matthew B on Jun 15, 2019
One of my favorites
Jeannie Rodman on Oct 22, 2018
Had great results with this recipe made 5 batches so far and all came out well and very similar to each other.
Alan Gregg on Aug 29, 2018
Description sounded interesting!
Eric Rikio A on Aug 20, 2018
Reviews good
Jeannie Rodman on Aug 13, 2018
Sounded interesting
Doug C on May 30, 2018
Looks good and fun to brew
Harlan S Coomes on Apr 20, 2018
price, interesting style
Amanda Z on Apr 11, 2018
very good, always get this
david c on Mar 7, 2018
Wanted to try it, good price.
Lynn C on Feb 23, 2018
daughters choice
Vern B on Jan 17, 2018
Maybe my favorite kit. Brewed this one many times
Mike D on Mar 9, 2021
I used this kit previously with very good results. This kit is a good value.
Thomas Gariety on Sep 23, 2020

5.0 / 5.0
11 Reviews
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Rated 5 out of 5
Really like this one
Great brew, very flavorful
February 23, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Results
I was very pleased with this brew. The taste is just about right for me. Just enough hop flavor..
March 9, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best value for a very good IPA taste
Brewed several times and results are consistant, have added 8 oz of Merris Otter to a couple of batches and I like the result even more but the kit as is produces a very flavourful beer similar to an west coast IPA
December 15, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Award Winner
I brewed this Uncommon Common with Wyeast California Lager yeast at a near steady 68 deg and got a third place in a regional home-brew competition. This is an excellent beer and I highly recommend it. It is pleasantly hopped with a nice finish.
July 24, 2018
over 4 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Nice, congratulations!
July 31, 2018
Zach R Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
This is my favorite one . With the addition of 4oz malt dextran , 8 oz carpilis and dry hop with 2 oz Simcoe and the price can’t be beat
April 24, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
All around great brew. Perfect as is or add a little something to mix it up!
Clarity Awesomeness!
Added 1lb Dark Brown Sugar, 16oz Molasses, and 8 oz extra Hops..... ??????????
January 30, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy drinker
Great beer! everything about this beer I love. It's not overly complicated, has a floral smell and after taste and is very easy to drink. It's not over hopped, and I think most beer drinks will appreciate the hoppy flavor but not be overwealmed by it. This could easily be a house favorite.
January 25, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic Hoppy Common
Great beer, super easy and hard to beat at the price. Wonderful mix between a pale ale and a common. Not your father's anchor steam, it's better!
January 20, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy brew day with an extract, and an uncommonly good ale. Dry hopping makes it "hop forward" but the "NorCo" blend is very pleasant. I've brewed a lot of extracts ffom MB and this is by far my favorite. It is in my list to brew again (and again!).
July 12, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
Not Your Average Common for Sure
Its so much better than I expected. I like Steam beers. I love Simcoe hops. What I liked most was the lack of Carapils or other "head retention/ body builders" in the malt bill (so common in the MB kits why?). This beer is super clear (no finings), the perfect color (its an extract beer and that doesn't detract here as it might in other styles), is super malty and candy sweet on the nose from the 60L, but the Simcoe blend balances and kills it in the aroma/ flavor profile! I accidentally used an ounce of pure Simcoe for the dry hop (instead of the supplied NorCoe) and I couldn't be happier. I hope More Beer plans on stocking their NorCoe blend for some time as it seems key to this beer. It might take some figuring on a custom Northern Brewer/ Simcoe blend on our own, but this kit has inspired me to brew this again and again. I would like to know the AA% (not listed on package) so I could reproduce this excellent brew for many years to come. Ordering the all-grain kit now.
January 11, 2017