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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
4.6 / 5.0
74 Reviews
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Smooth and Tasty
Just tapped the Kolsch keg this past weekend and found it to be light and extremely smooth with no bite - a perfect selection for spring time. You will not be disappointed!
March 13, 2018
2 months ago
Excellent summer brew
I was very surprised at how good this was with just how simple the ingredients are. I used the liquid yeast option for this which I would recommend. This is not a thin beer at all but rather a delicious malty treat. A beer anyone would enjoy and way better than any of the ones I have tried off the shelf.
February 22, 2018
12 months ago
What a surprise!
I have been looking for a light tasting beer for my wife... This is it! I kegged it after 23 days in the primary and forced carb at 30 psi for two days. My first sip was like a subtle fresh lemon flavor, I can see why it is referred to as a spritzer. I have brewed heffeys for summer, but this is much more drinkable. This is about my 30th kit brewed and it is a fantastic alternative to IPA's and Heffy's. Thanks N. B. you knocked it out of the park with this one
July 14, 2017
9 months ago
This was my first homebrew. It is simply the best kölsch I've ever drank.
July 10, 2017
10 months ago
Customer satisfaction
Earlier I had ordered 2 Kolsch kits, but was sent Honey Kolsch kits instead. Northern Brewer corrected this by sending me the 2 Kolsch kits. These kits arrived very quickly. I have not brewed these kits yet, but I am very satisfied with Northern Brewer customer relations.
June 17, 2017
9 months ago
Good Beer
Brewed following the kit instructions, it is a good beer.
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May 6, 2017
1 year ago
Malty, full-bodied, delicious
Turned out great. I used Wyeast 2565 and fermentation was so active it blew through my airlock. Bottled after four weeks (no secondary).

Commercial kolsches I've tried have been drier and cleaner tasting than this one turned out — probably because they filter and/or use a long, cold secondary aging. The yeast didn't clear as much as other strains do.

Balanced and clean tasting — if you don't have the equipment to lager but still want something close in flavor profile, I recommend this one. My kolsch has a luscious, almost fruity body to it. Malty and yummy. Not quite as dry as other kolsches I've had — not necessarily a bad thing. Drinkable almost to a fault: I love the flavor and find myself reaching for another bottle, and then another, with alarming ease.

I did a blind taste test with friends with a commercial kolsch, and mine was the unanimous favorite. Will be doing this one again!
March 2, 2017
1 year ago
Its a great beer.
Its a great beer.
September 26, 2016
Good beer
Good beer nothing outstanding but a good go to beer
August 27, 2016
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
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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?
Jeffrey 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
Is a plastic carboy ok for this beer if I do not have a glass carboy?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think so. I use a primary plastic fermenter and then transfer to glass secondary fermenter. I would ferment a bit longer and try to ferment on the cool side, but not too cold. Should be OK.
Does this recipe require several weeks at cold temps to taste right?
George M on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: no you do not have to cold ferment this beer I put mine in a cool place around 68 to 70° Consistent ambient temperature and had great results. you could ferment at higher temperatures but I would not recommend it due to off flavors that you may get in the process. also make sure to make a yeast starter and oxygenate your wort really good before pitching your east for best results. I hope this helps you cheers!
Is the Fast Pitch Yeast Starter necessary for the Kolsch Extract Kit? I don't see it in the instructions.
A shopper on Feb 1, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: I would say no. I have brewed this by simply adding the dry yeast packet into the fermenter. Having said that, I find that to be lazy. But the batch came out just fine.

I usually try to start with liquid yeast and make a 1/2 gallon starter the day before brewing. It's just better brewing technique.
Has anyone added coriander during the boil and if so how much and when?
A shopper on Mar 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: An example would be the Gaarden Hoe. Have a look at the recipe.

- 1 oz Coriander (5 min) prior to the end of the boil.

That amount will give you a distinct flavor of coriander.

Will this yeast work in cold weather?????
A shopper on Dec 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The WYEAST 2565 KÖLSCH yeast recommended for this kit is temperature range of 56°-64°

The dry yeast for this kit is a temperature range of 59°-75°.

Too high a temperature "stresses" the yeast which yields off flavors. Too low a temperature will lengthen primary fermentation and possibly prevent full fermentation which will yield a lower than expected alcohol content and the taste of something other than the expected Kolsch result.

Best to stay within the recommended temperature range.

These wraps http://www.northernbrewer.com/fermotemp-electric-fermentation-heater work well but I suggest testing overnight with a fementer of water if you do not also buy a controller. You may need to adjust how much of the wrap is in contact with the fermenter depending on the desired temp..

Going to brew my 3rd batch soon was considering adding Watermelon or Mango. Any suggestions on when to add and how much? I was thinking adding 4 or 5 cup to primary after 7 days.
A shopper on Feb 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would not add it to the primary just because the yeast will ferment the sugars from the mango or watermelon juice. And you will get funky favors . I would add it to the secondary the day of kegging or bottleing that way your flavor stays fresh. if it stays cold enough your yeast will have a harder time fermenting the newly added juice and you desired flavor will last a lot longer.
Hope this helps

What will the IBUs come out to be on this kit?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I calculated the IBU on my batch to be 31.
I brewed this Kolsch yesterday about noon. Normally my brews are bubbling away the next morning. This Kolsch is barely fermenting. Maybe 2 burps a minute. I ordered the Safale US-05. I'll give this brew more time to start fermenting, but I'm worried. Any ideas?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2018

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