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Alte Hexe Kolsch

164 calories 16 carbs
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Beer Stats
Method: BIAB
Style: Kölsch
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 11 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 12.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 11 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.044 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Source: CMW
Calories: 164 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 16 g (Per 12oz)
Created Saturday September 30th 2017
Fermentation History

Target 60°F
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Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
16.5 lb German - Pilsner16.5 lb Pilsner 38 1.6 78.6%
2.5 lb German - Munich Light2.5 lb Munich Light 37 6 11.9%
1 lb Flaked Wheat1 lb Flaked Wheat 34 2 4.8%
1 lb Flaked Barley1 lb Flaked Barley 32 2.2 4.8%
21 lb Total      
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1.5 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh1.5 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh Hops Pellet 4.4 Boil 60 min 12.04 42.9%
1 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker1 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker Hops Pellet 3.2 Boil 60 min 5.84 28.6%
1 oz Spalt1 oz Spalt Hops Pellet 2.2 Boil 15 min 1.99 28.6%
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
10 gal Protein Rest Temperature 126 °F 20 min
gal Infusion Mash Infusion 150 °F 40 min
5 gal Hanging bucket sparge Sparge 172 °F 20 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
0.69 each whirfloc Fining Boil 15 min.
8 g Chalk Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
4 g Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
14 ml Lactic acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
White Labs - German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast WLP029
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
65 - 69 °F
Fermentation Temp:
60 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 387 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Method: co2       CO2 Level: 2.58 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Distilled Water
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
110 15 39 72 85 271
Need 15.0 gallons of strike water (10 mash, 5 hanging bucket sparge at 180F), and will make up proper salt balance by adding salts (primarily CaCl2). Use 6 gallons Serrano, 9 gallons distilled. Add 14 ml lactic acid, 4g CaCl2 (1 tsp) and 8g CaCO3 (2 tsp).
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

This beer is inspired by a trip to Cologne that I took with my family while visiting Europe a few years ago. After touring the Cologne Cathedral ("Dom"), we stopped in at a nearby bakery for some treats. As we were looking through the counter at the lovely pastries, an old woman behind the counter came around and swatted away the hand of my 5 year old daughter as she was pointing at a pastry she wanted (even though she wasn't touching the glass). I immediately gathered the crew and we promptly left without ordering, but not before telling off this old hag with a few choice German words. Alte Hexe is "old hag" or "witch" in German, so this beer is dedicated to her.

3L starter at 1.046 with 2 packets of WLP029 Kolsch yeast. Should be about 1 million cells per ml, more than adequate.

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craigmw 05/17/2019 at 01:02am
Wonderful white winelike flavor quite reminiscent of the varieties available in Cologne.

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