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Old 09-13-2010, 08:00 AM   #1
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Default yeasty tasting honey kolsch

I brewed a honey kolsch from northernbrewers about a month ago, let it sit in the primary the whole time. I kegged it today around 1, and tasted it when i got off work around midnight. It has a pretty strong yeast smell, and i can taste the yeast. Will this change after sitting? I know that the first glass can taste yeasty, but i had one batch that was the same way, and i gave it some time and the whole batch tasted the same.

What do you guys think?

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Old 09-13-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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Made the same kit a few months ago though I used a secondary for a couple weeks and bottled mine. It cleared up after 3 weeks in the bottle and was made even better by leaving it in the fridge for 2 weeks or so.

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Old 09-13-2010, 02:48 PM   #3
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Kolsch beers need to be lagered to drop the yeast out (it is a poor flocculator). Store it cold for a month and it'll improve greatly.

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yeah you really have to cold crash before kegging to get the yeast out, and let it clean up properly.

you can leave it as is, but let it sit 2-3 weeks before you draw another pint (which will be REAL yeasty)

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What is cold crashing?

Thanks for the help guys!

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What is cold crashing?
Putting your primary (or secondary if you use it) in a fridge for a day or so, helps drop all the yeast to the bottom so less yeast would be in the beer that you transfer to the keg.

I don't have a fridge that i can fit a fermenter so I just let my bottles condition the time needed for the beer and then put my bottles in the fridge at least a few days before I want to drink it and then I'm careful not to pour the yeast off of the bottom. I've only done a dozen batches so far but that has worked well for me up to this point.
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