German Kolsch Malt
4.5° L. From a maltster co-op based in Osthofen, near Kön, this malt is used by some of the brewpubs in that city to make their trademark ale. Kölsch malt has a light, sweet and extremely German flavor and aroma with a little bit of biscuit character. We've had good results using a multi-temp step mash with Kölsch malt, but a single infusion, although not traditional, works as well. Style nerds please take note: the maltster rates the color of this malt at 9 EBC. If you use 100% Kölsch malt for the grist of a Kölsch, you will be within spec according to Eric Warner Kölsch (7-14 EBC, or 3.5-7 SRM p. 51), but definitely on the dark end of the BJCP guidelines. If you are brewing for a competition, you may want to incorporate some pils or wheat malt into the grain bill to dilute the color.
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I'm not a pro at describing tastes or anything, and I've only brewed with it once, so I'll just say that I made a SMaSH lager with this and Halltertau and it turned out well. I feel good enough about this malt that I plan on using it again, and will probably try it with some pilsner malt and some wheat, as the description suggests.
I have used this grain several times over the years. always having consistent results in my beer. which is awesome knowing you can brew consistently with great results.
I have brewed "Kolsch" style beers previously just using just Pilsner malt. This time I used 50% Kolsch malt and the beer turned out phenomenal. This malt really adds some nice complex flavor and color to the beer. I will use this from now on in my Kolsch style beers and would like to try it in an IPL.
I used this as a base malt in a pale ale recipe with White Labs' German Ale/Kolsch yeast and a blend of German and New Zealand hops, and I got the best pale ale I've ever made in 16 years of brewing. This one really does live up to it's product description. The biscuit notes are there, and there's just a great malt presence overall that stood up well to a pretty high hopping rate. I can't recommend this one highly enough. It's a little pricey, but it's worth it.