Originally Posted by Goose5
Tomorrow is brew day. Any tips for this style? I'll be using the Midwest kit. I was so pleased with the last Midwest kit. The kolsch kit came out really light in color for an extract brew, and tasted fantastic. I have read elsewhere on this board that if you wish a lighter color pour half the liquid extract into the wort in the last 15 minutes of the boil. Is this an excepted practice?
Yes, you can use at least half of the extract near or at the end of the boil. My preference is do to it at the end of the boil, as it cools the wort a bit and stops the boil when you add it. So, if you add it at the end of the boil, that's no problem at all.
Make sure if you're using lager yeast (a true pilsner) that you make a HUGE starter, or pitch four packages of yeast if using liquid yeast. Chill the wort to 48 degrees, add the yeast and ferment at 50 degrees for 10 days or so. Then you can do the diacetyl rest and proceed to lagering after that. If you're using ale yeast, it won't be a true pilsner, but it will still be a good beer.