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Old 07-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default How Many Days Before Diacetyl Rest - Kolsch Ale

Fermenting a Kolsch right now at 56°F, started on Sat 6/28, so it's been four days to this point. I'd prefer not to open the lid to take a gravity reading at this point, so I'm thinking one more day at 56° and then bring it up into the high 60's for a short time? Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Old 07-03-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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Which Yeast are you using?

My kolsch recipe uses the Wyeast Kolsch yeast. Here is my fermentation schedule:
3 weeks at 60*
1 week at 70*
Cold Crash one week at 40*

I've been lambasted on here before for letting it sit at 60 for 3 weeks, but I always achieve a good D-rest, and get a great, clean, bright beer.

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I think you'll need a lot more than a few days at 56F for your beer to ferment, unless it's very low OG. Let it go at least 10 days at that temp?

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My lager schedule is 4 weeks at 50F, 1-2 days at 70F and then a 40F lager with a time that varies depending on style. Hoppy lagers sit for 3 weeks. Malty lagers sit for a minimum of 3 months.

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I'm using Wyeast 2575-PC Kölsch II, OG 1.045

10lb pilsen malt
1lb white wheat
.5lb vienna malt
1oz US Saaz 60min
1oz Czech Saaz 30min

From Wyeast:

Wyeast 2575-PC Kölsch II

Beer Styles: Kölsch, Northern German Altbier, Düsseldorf Altbier
Profile: This authentic Kolsch strain from one of Germany’s leading brewing schools has a rich flavor profile which accentuates a soft malt finish. It has Low or no detectable diacetyl production and will also ferment well at colder temperatures for fast lager type beers.

Alc. Tolerance 10% ABV
Flocculation low
Attenuation 73-77%
Temp. Range 55-70°F (13-21°C)

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Diacetyl shouldn't be a problem for you. It doesn't hurt to go through the motions though.

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