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This strain is particularly well suited for producing California Common-style beers. It retains lager characteristics at temperatures up to 65 °F (18 °C) and produces malty, brilliantly clear beers. This strain is not recommended for cold temperature fermentation.
Brewing Properties of California Lager
The functional properties of brewing yeasts have a direct impact on the performance, quality and economics of the resulting beer.
The alcohol tolerance determines the ABV at which yeast cells go dormant and stop fermenting.
Attenuation refers to the percentage of sugars converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide, as measured by specific gravity.
Flocculation refers to the tendency of yeast to form clumps called "flocs" that drop in order to make the beer clear.
The optimal temperature is the range in which the yeast performs best without putting off any off-flavors. Pitching the yeast into wort usually happens at the low end of the temperature range.
Comparable Beer Yeast
If you cannot find California Lager anywhere, you can substitute one of the following yeasts for a similar result.
Common Beer Styles using California Lager
These are the most popular beer styles that make use of the California Lager yeast:
California Common, Cream Ale, Porter, Seasonal Beers & Pale Ales
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