Kick ’em in the Kolsch

A nice clean unobtrusive summer tipple, goes well with BBQs and mates. A super session beer, me and 3 old uni mates drank 25 bottles in one particularly raging session with 30 chicken wings and a full slab of beef ribs. Cant say I’ve tried it without food, but with food its spectacular. Temperature control is very important with this beer, according to a friend who brewed it, it loses its cleanliness if fermented above 14 degrees, but hey, maybe y’all like a little funk…

Title: ChemKolsch
Author: ElChem

Brew Method: All Grain
Style Name: Kölsch
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 23 liters (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 28.5 liters
Boil Gravity: 1.037
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)

Original Gravity: 1.046
Final Gravity: 1.010
ABV (standard): 4.67%
IBU (tinseth): 21.28
SRM (morey): 4.37

4 kg – United Kingdom – Pilsen (80%)
1 kg – United Kingdom – Munich (20%)

40 g – Saaz, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.5, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 17.34
25 g – Saaz, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.5, Use: Aroma for 10 min, IBU: 3.93

1) Sparge, Temp: 65 C, Time: 90 min, Amount: 17.5 L
Starting Mash Thickness: 3.5 L/kg

Wyeast – Kölsch 2565
Starter: No
Form: Liquid
Attenuation (avg): 75%
Flocculation: Low
Optimum Temp: 13.33 – 21.11 C
Fermentation Temp: 14 C

3 Comments on “Kick ’em in the Kolsch

  1. Love the podcasts and learning so much from you and the wonderful guests you have on the pod. I’m pretty new to all grain brewing and recently got really interested in the enthusiasm for the Kölsch in episode 55 so will make one. Over here in NZ it’s difficult to source liquid yeast, so I’ll be substituting for a dry yeast: what would you recommend Chris?
    Tricky; it’s been 20 years since I left the town of my birth, Bedford, and back then Mervin (I seem to remember) ran the Homebrew shop in Union Street; is he still there?
    Keep up the good work team!

    • Lallemand Koln is a good one if you can get a hold of it, 34/70 will make a good approximation, Safale K97 is one that’s normally readily available, but really you are limited with dried yeasts for that style.

      • Thanks Chris, Lallemand’s website says that Köln is discontinued. Fortunately a Homebrew store here has a few packs left. I’ll grab them while I can.

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