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Old 03-12-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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I am entering a Homebrew Competition where everyone is using the same Kolsch recipe but the same yeast can not be used and you can not use the standard GermanAle/Kolsch yeast.
Can anyone recommend a unique yeast for a Kolsch recipe?
I was thinking maybe WLP036 Dusseldorf Alt.

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Old 03-12-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
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I will be brewing a Kolsch next week with Safale US-05. I used it on a cream ale and it turned out great. I just used Kolsch yeast on a hybrid Dunkel and it was ok but didn't floc very well. I am trying to not use gelatin if possible.

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Old 03-12-2010, 04:07 PM   #3
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To me, the defining characteristic of a Kolsch is the yeast. Without the yeast, you basically have a blonde ale (IMHO). With that said, I would recommend looking into what yeasts are good with blonde ales. Perhaps a Belgian Blonde Ale might be good? Or Wyeast suggests a few also:

http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_styledetails.cfm?ID=139

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Old 03-12-2010, 04:10 PM   #4
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I dunno, maybe a California Common yeast? But, obviously, it won't be the same as a kolsch at all.

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To me, the defining characteristic of a Kolsch is the yeast. Without the yeast, you basically have a blonde ale (IMHO). With that said, I would recommend looking into what yeasts are good with blonde ales. Perhaps a Belgian Blonde Ale might be good? Or Wyeast suggests a few also:

http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_styledetails.cfm?ID=139
My first thought after reading this is that is true. But, If Kolsh yeast offers Clean, crisp slight fruitiness and mod floc than if you find a yeast that is clean, crisp, slight fruitiness and higher floc than it really is the same.

Thoughts? Perhaps a German lager fermented in the low 60s instead the high 50s.
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I think it might help if you posted the recipe. I'm expecting German Pilsner Malt, 1.050 OG, and some German hops (Tett maybe, I use Hallertauer).

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Old 03-13-2010, 03:50 PM   #7
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I am entering a Homebrew Competition where everyone is using the same Kolsch recipe but the same yeast can not be used and you can not use the standard GermanAle/Kolsch yeast.
Can anyone recommend a unique yeast for a Kolsch recipe?
I was thinking maybe WLP036 Dusseldorf Alt.
You know, this might be a bit weird, but given what you need, how about Notty? Ferments dry and has good flocculation. I read on the Danstar site that it has been used to brew lagers.....
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