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Honey Kolsch Extract Kit


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A variation on our extremely popular Kölsch recipe with the addition of honey and a unique yeast strain for a lighter body and flavor.

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A variation on our extremely popular Kölsch recipe with the addition of honey and a unique yeast strain for a lighter body and flavor. Like our original Kölsch kit, this recipe features a pale color, light body, and smooth mouthfeel. Honey adds subtle floral character and lightens the body by fermenting to dryness. Really nice as a summer brew for barbecues and picnics, or to wean your friends off watery mass-produced lagers.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Honey Kolsch Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1048
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.5 / 5.0
57 Reviews
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wife likes it
good beer, easy to make. making it right now. My 4th batch.
April 4, 2018
3 weeks ago
This beer is an alright brew. I think it would've came out better if I did the all grain version but I just wanted something that was going to come out quick and fill my pipeline. It was way darker than the Kolsch style is supposed to be. That could just be the malt extract the contributed to that. The honey didn't come through as much as it should have. Overall, this is just another mediocre beer. Not bad but not amazing at the same time.
February 12, 2018
11 months ago
Oh Honey
this was a good beer, ( all blondes are good) enjoy making and easy to follow instructions.
March 13, 2017
1 year ago
Yeast was inactive
The heat rendered the yeast inactive and I didn't notice until the beer had already been infected with mold. 2 of three batches were poured out.
August 16, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
I'd put the review up, but I don't think it has much to do with the beer kit itself. Did the yeasts activate normally before use? Do you ever make yeast starters for your liquid yeasts? A person should not use a Wyeast that does not show signs of inflation. Doing yeast starters is a great way to determine viability if it's questionable, and also to greatly increase the amount of viable yeast, getting a beer of to a fast, strong start. At this hottest part of the year, we really do recommend the use of dry beer yeasts, as they are much safer to ship around in the heat. Liquid yeast delivered to Texas in July will be in danger of being harmed by the extreme heat, so it's really a good idea to consider use of dry yeast for summer brewing. I'd consider that in the future, or pick up yeast locally if possible, so it would not need to be sent in the heat. -Mike W , Northern Brewer
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Could be a clone of a local Louisiana Microbrew berr - The Rajin Cajuns Ale
The back story, a local micro brew in south Louisiana, Bayou Teche Brewery (LA 31) was approached by the local Budweiser distributor, who was also a large supported of the local University of Louisiana @ Lafayette athletic program The Cajuns. NCAA rules allow division 1 schools to decide if they want to serve beer inside the football stadiums and basketball arena during the collegiate games. Being south Louisiana, of course they wanted to serve beer.The school worked with the distributor and the brewery to develop an branded beer for the school to serve during the extremely hot fall football games. they decided on a Kolsch style beer and they included local produced cane syrup to add sweetness.Now for the review...I brewed the kit using the honey provided, took the finished product and had some of my golfing buddies do a taste test after one of our Saturday rounds. Now, these guys are mostly Coors & Miller drinkers, but to a man they could not tell the difference between the real Rajin Cajun and the Northern Brewers version, except for the clarity.I will brew this kit again, and will most likely sub out the honey for some local cane syrup.
March 2, 2016
Great Summer Beer
This Kolsch was a big hit at my summer BBQ, I will definitely be brewing this Kit again.
October 13, 2015
October 6, 2015
Much darker than expected
I brewed this recipe last month and right away I noticed the coloring is about 5 shades darker than pictured here. Not a huge deal to me, but the honey addition made it much darker than I expected. The taste is pretty darn good! Not a ton of different flavors, but everyone who has had a sip ends of asking for a bottle or two of it. I'd really like to try this again using some lighter colored, local honey to see if that makes much of a difference.
August 19, 2015
Let it Age
This beer was a little bland at first but with time it developed a balanced body with a great head. Definitely has a distinctive finish. A good beer but not my favorite. Probably won't order again.
December 7, 2014
I threw it out
I read that it could be fermented as an ale so I bought it. Big mistake, it formed a pelicule of what apparently a bacteria called "bruce" for short. I read elsewhere that this can happen if some beers are fermented at higher than 60 degrees. Customer service said it's OK but may turn sour in time. All of my fermenters are soaked in oxyclean after each batch, then washed with soap and water afterward, then washed again and sanitized before the next batch. Have never had any problems.
November 15, 2014
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I know that extract tends to be darker than all grain but my kolsch came out around 10+ SRM instead of the yellow straw color I expected.
It smells and tastes amazing so I'm not complaining. Is there any chance of obtaining the beautiful straw color shown in your picture while still using extracts?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: didnt come out for me that light for me either
Where can the FG be found for the brew kits? The OG is only provided on the instructions.
Javier L on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not provide an FG because there are some variables in it and it is more about flavor in the end than a number. That being said you should see about a 70% attenuation.
This doesnt use Kolsch yeast?
Jacob on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The liquid options produce a lighter body and more attenuation so the honey and dryness make for a very crisp easy drinking beer, since the gravity and alcohol are a little higher, this is how we thought it turned out best - it's a take on kolsch. Cheers

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