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Old 01-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Kolsch Lagering, to rack or not to rack?

I'm Lagering a kolsck for a couple weeks. Fermentation completed quickly in about 3-days. After 7-10 days I plan to lager a couple weeks. Since it will only be in the bucket 3-4 weeks do I need to rack it over before lagering? I typically don't rack my ales and have only racked my lagers since they are in secondary for several weeks/months. Thoughts?

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Old 01-19-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Go for it, shouldn't hurt anything.

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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I think going either way will be ok in this instance.

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:56 PM   #4
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I'm confused by a lagered kölsch. It's an ale so wouldn't you be cold crashing it which would stop the yeast from cleaning up?

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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Just about every Kolsch recipe I have seen recommends lagering after you reach FG.

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Old 01-20-2012, 01:05 AM   #6
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kolsch is the go to "lager type" ale. Many people swear by good results from a regular fermentation followed by a low temp lagering period. so yes, maybe the improved taste is from the yeast falling out, but remember, yeast is always in solution, so there is always at least a small amount floating around working.

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Old 01-20-2012, 01:28 AM   #7
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I rack lagers and hybrids before lagering (cold storing). I think the whole point of doing that is to get a super clean crisp finish, which comes from lagering. The beer should be without yeast character, so I rack first. Those are the only beers I tend to rack after primary for, though.

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