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This beer won first place in the 1997 LA County Fair in the California Common category.
Mash-in with 12 Qt of water at 137°F. Target temp 130°F
17 min protein rest
Add 6 Qt boiling water. Target mash temp 151°F
1 1/2 hr Starch Conversion. Decoct 2 qt & heat to boiling to keep temp ~150°F
Mash-out to 170°F
Sparge with about 18 Qt water at 170°F
Skim hot break prior to first hop addition
Steep final hops for 5 minutes with heat off before chilling
Ferment at 60-62°F
Prime with 162 grams priming sugar
The judges couldn't agree on the hop/malt balance here. That tells me it is just about right. The combination of Northern Brewer hops and the California lager yeast are the secret to a true-to-style performance here. We kept the fermentation temperature low to avoid excess ester.