Kolsch Extract Kit

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This pale, light-bodied golden ale is traditionally given a long, cold aging period which makes it very smooth and clean. "Spritzy" is a word often used to describe Kolsch - very refreshing, and a popular lawnmower beer for beer snobs!

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This pale, light-bodied golden ale is copyrighted by, brewed in, and named for the German city of Köln. Kölschbier is traditionally given a long, cold aging period like a lager, which makes for a very smooth and clean beer. A small dose of German Hallertau hops cuts the richness of the malt. "Spritzy" is a word often used to describe Kolsch - very refreshing, and a popular lawnmower beer for beer snobs!
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Kolsch Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleGerman/Czech/Continental
Original Gravity1048
Total Time to Make6 weeks
Reviews
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Genuine
I'm a big hop head, so I did this Kolsch for my wifey who loves wheat beers, and pilsners. I added a little dried lemon peel near the end of the boil, and didn't modify anything else. Used Wyeast Kolsch. Spent 2 weeks in primary, 2 in the secondary with gelatin to clarify. When I bottled it, I used Munton's CreamyX and an additional 6oz of priming sugar. After a little over 2 weeks in the bottle, it's good to go...genuine Kolsch spritz, with faint lemon hints, and a strong lemon aroma...yeah, it's cloudy at lower temps, but it tastes spot on. I'm gonna hide it from wifey, and keep it around for post yard work days. Thanks NB...great job on this one.
March 18, 2011
Clean and crisp
Just shared the first of these with the neighbors and it was a big hit. Taught me an important lesson about patience when it comes to brewing. About a week into secondary fermentation, I pulled some to test the specific gravity and taste. The FG was right on, but the beer had a sweet butterscotch aftertaste that while it wasn't horrible, definitely did not fit with the style. I let it sit another week and that flavor was gone. It is clean and crisp and refreshing.
July 9, 2016
Simple but awesome!
I stuck with the recipe, except I used Wyeast Belgian Ardennes (3522) to make a farmhouse ale out of this. Absolutely perfect. I've been brewing for a long time, and this is up there with my all-time favorites.
October 15, 2015
Its a great beer.
Its a great beer.
September 26, 2016
Be patient
Followed recipe exactly. Two weeks primary, four weeks secondary/lagering. After about a month in the bottle, it keeps getting better. My wife said it might be the best beer she's ever had. You might want a blow-off set up on this for primary, though. Of the four batches that I've done so far, this (Wyeast) yeast was by far the most active. After less than a day at about 66 degrees, it was going absolutely crazy and I had to cobble together a blow off. Bottom line, it's a very good beer that rewards you for being patient.
April 7, 2016
First time brewer
Chose this kit to do for my first time brewing. In an attempt to clone a local craft beer. This beer turned out amazing! Right in the mark! Thanks.
October 30, 2015
Easy, good and affordable, what more could you ask for?
Simple beer, great taste. Just got on the tap for the warmer months and couldn't be happier. Grapefruit IPA, German Alt and Kolsch on tap, might make that my annual summer tap list.. oh yeah and Root Beer for the kids!
May 19, 2016
Loving the Kolsch
This is my second Kolsch and it's a perfect summer beer. Has a great balance of hop and body. Even better using a wheat beer glass.
June 2, 2016
Solid
I have bought this kit a few times and it's a solid kit. Enjoyable on a hot summer day or any day you just want a simple brew
October 1, 2015
Too soon for a review...it's in primary :)
As usual, everything shipped promptly. Brew day went well, but I can't give a full review on the product since it is still in primary.
April 27, 2016
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What is the ideal fermentation temp for this beer? Does it need to be cold crashed?
D G on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The optimum temperature is going to be yeast-dependent. If you're using Wyeast 2565, it'll be 56-64. If US-05, 59-75. This recipe does not require lagering or cold crashing.
How many people have used the US 05 yeast as opposed to the Kolsch strand? Does it make a huge difference in taste?
J G on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Many, many people! There is not a true "Kolsch" dry yeast, so the US-05 is a good sub, being a clean, reliable fermenter. Using the actual Kolsch liquid yeast would be truer to the style, and would taste a bit different, but the US-05 is a good choice for the kit if going with the dry yeast. -Mike W, Northern Brewer

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