JZ früh kolsch recipe

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  1. Texas Ale Works

    Texas Ale Works Well-Known Member

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    Been a while, life has been a thing for sure. Brewed 1 time last year, it is still in the fermentor. About to clean the gear and work on brewing a good Kolsch. Lots of time I used the Brewing Classic Styles recipe as my starting point but I keep seeing different versions of the Jamil Kolsch

    Some are Pils/Vienna, some are Pils/Vienna/Wheat and some have cara-pils.....

    I am thinking
    10# Pils
    1# Vienna
    25 IBU Hallertau

    Tim
     
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    Nice to “meet” you Tim. I’m no expert on Kolsch just wanted to say hello. I think @Sunfire96 brews the style often?
     
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    Thanks for dropping the callout to Sunfire
     
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    This would work very nice. Kolsch should be simple and elegant. It's one of my favorite beers. You could also go 97% German Pils (Wyermann is my favorite) and 3% Carahell or 100% Pils, but the grain bill you have will work too. I don't use wheat in any of my Kolsch's, it's not needed.
    Hallertau is a really good hop. Save some for a late addition, there should be a nice noble hop aroma, but not as much as a German Pils. 20-25 IBU is bitter enough to stand out a bit, but not so harsh that a light lager drinker won't like it. The other hop that works really well is Tettnang.

    Yeast is the key to the beer. I like my Kolsch's to be clean, so I use Wyeast 1007. Wyeast 2565 will be more fruity and malty, WLP029 will be a clean with a touch of tartness on the finish (some call it "snappy"). I have heard good things about Koln Kolsch dry yeast, but I haven't tried it yet.

    Good luck and happy brewing.
     
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    I am looking for a bit of "fruit" but I want it to be "humm I am tasting something, not sure what" kind of fruitiness
     
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    Hello, welcome to the forum! @HighVoltageMan! Knows way more than I so about brewing consistently good light beers, but I just wanted to add that my favorite kolsch yeast so far is the Lallemand Koln dry yeast strain. Dry yeast makes life so much easier, but I also prefer the flavor to some other kolsch yeasts I've tried. Cheers!
     
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    what kind of flavors does the Koln yeast impart?
     
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    Not sure what @Sunfire96 has experienced but I used it and fermented it at 60 degrees - took 21-22 days to get down to final gravity (longer than 3/70 and/or Nottingham but the final beer was fantastic. I ended up with a very clean yeast profile and a balanced beer - crisp and excellent german hop finish. I just bought some more of this yeast as I do love the strain (and dry yeast in general)! Was thinking of making a Kolsch or an American Wheat beer with it this weekend!

    - I haven't used a liquid yeast strain in years now! -
     
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    @Blackmuse why not join the Q3 beer and make Herm's american wheat :)
     
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    I think I will!
     
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    I will read up on it, maybe run it a little warmer to pull out some fruit from the yeast
     
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    Big fan of koln dry yeast as well. Seems very versatile based on fermentation temp. I like it a little fruity so ferment in the mid 60s. It is slow to start which is recognized by the manufacturer
     
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    I think next time I do this recipe it'll be 10 gallons and I'll do one fermenter at 60 and the other at 66 to see for myself the difference.
     
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    Here is my go to Kölsch recipe...pre-3 kids I would brew this up 2-3 times a year...most recently i used the Koln dry yeast and got the most Kölsch flavor I've ever experienced.

    Good luck!
     
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    #15 Texas Ale Works, Jul 31, 2022
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    https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/1276074/kolsh-v1

    So going with this, put in a lot of time thinking about the wheat,but kept coming back to it, so I guess I will try it this way.
    Not sure I will add the Epsom Salt....

    Broke my Tilt changing the battery....so that sucks, but the water is chilling with the campden tablets...so we are ago for a morning brew

    Also, how long are you lagering,and can i do it after I keg? on gas?
     
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    Getting ready to fire the kettle this morning, decided to add a "ramp" mash as well will dough in with a strike temp of 127f should drop a few degrees, and then ramp to 150f for the main rest.
     
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    Make sure you got Dom's Picture ready too:)
     
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    So this was one of the, if not the best brew days in years...so I guess the fermentation will go sideways...lol

    Hit my numbers, overshot the OG 048 vs 054, and entered the wrong fermenter vol when I created the recipe, so had some extra left over.

    Pitched 2 packs of Koln Dry Yeast, at 72f chamber set at 60f....think I should have pitched 3 but we will see....
     
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    She kicked off sometime Sunday night or Monday, was bubbling away when i left for work Monday morning.
    Tonight she has started to slow down, i bumped up the temp 1 degree, and will do it again tomorrow as well.

    I realized that I forgot to drop the whirlfloc, this upsets me....but I will ad gelatin before i keg it, but that means I have to open the closed fermentation system, I am also really missing my Tilt.....

    Will pull a hydro sample tomorrow
     
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    #20 Texas Ale Works, Aug 5, 2022
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    I let this go 1 day too long, damn you Tilt....
    FG at 1.008 a bit to dry and a bit to strong....there is a TON of yeast in suspension....hydro sample is in my fridge crashing to see what clears...think I will crash it fro a few days, then rack to the keg and throw some gelatin at while it lagers.....
     

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