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Old 04-04-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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So I'm thinking about a candidate for my 4th batch, and I was thinking about a Kolsch. I honestly hadn't even heard of this type of beer before I started brewing, so I guess it's for curiosity's sake.

Is there anything you could compare it to? All I know is that it's a German ale, and the LHBS has a kit for it that uses barley and wheat extract. Any feedback is helpful before I give it a go.

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Old 04-04-2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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i may be wrong here...but a Kolsch is like a Pilsner, just the ale version. Its an easy way to "immitate" a lager if you cant lager a beer. They are usually pretty light/golden/yellow color and smooth/easy drinking, has less of a bit then a pilsner. Great summer drinking beer....go for it.

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Old 04-04-2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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I have heard a lot of people try brewing a Kolsch but I think the success is varied. But, yeah it is like a pilsner. Even though it is an ale, it still needs a cold secondary, check the temps.

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Old 04-04-2007, 04:31 PM   #4
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Kolsch-STYLE

Good Board.

Sounds like a good type of beer.

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A couple of commercial Kolschs out there is Pyramid's Curveball and Alaksan Summer Ale.

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I love Kolsch. It is a nice light and refreshing summer brew. Don't expect any giant hops flavor or bitterness though. The beer is kind of boring in comparison to some of the styles out there.

If you have a big liquor store you find some comerical stuff (craft brews), the only actual German one I have seen is Reissdorf. Some of the micro brew will call it summer ale or even pale ale. You just need to read the fine print or ask.

I have an AHB Reissdorf clone conditioning right now, should be ready just in time to cool me off this summer!!! - Dirk

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I've done a Kolsch before and my girlfreind is dong a partial mash version of my recipe, with a few tweaks, this Saturday. It's a perfect summer beer, so the timing is right to make this German ale! I can post her recipe if you like.

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Great-thanks for all the feedback. I wasn't sure if it was known by any other names, and this makes sense that it'd be known as a 'summer ale' etc.

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I've done two Kolsch All grains.

My SWMBO's favorite beer. She is a Miller lite Drinker.

The upside is that it is much like a light Pilsner in color and mellow taste.

The downside is that Kolsch requires longer and cooler conditioning than most ales.

I conditioned mine in a keg for three weeks (after 2 weeks in the secondary) out in the garage in February. I kept it at around 40-45 degrees for that time.

Turned out great.

My second batch I replaced the vienna malt with honey malt and the flavor was a bit more crisp...something I wanted.

If you're doing an all-grain, I'll post a recipe for you.

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If it is at all possible, try the Reissdorf Kolsch. This was the beer that introduced me to the style, I have to have some during summer.

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