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Old 07-08-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Bee Cave Brewery Kölsch

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WL029
Yeast Starter: Yes
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.009
IBU: 36
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 2 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 Days at 68 degrees
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): Crash cool to 39 for 4 days then keg

this tastes more like a pilsner than a Kölsch, though I'm using kölsch yeast. It ferments out dry so is it very crisp and with 36 ibu's, it's not sweet like a German Ale. This end up just over the edge on the style numbers for ibu, abv, og. etc, but since I'm using kölsch yeast, it's a kölsch in my book.

Darn tasty and another staple brew in my kitchen.

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7# 2 row Pils Malt
2.5 # Wheat Malt

Single infusion mash for 60 minutes at 151 degrees.

Boil for 90 minutes to reduce DMS from the Pils malt.

1 oz Perle 7.8% AA for 60 minutes
1/2 oz. Tettnanger 4.4% AA for 15 min.
1/2 oz. Tettnanger 4.4% AA for 5 mi.

WLP029 with a starter.

Ferment for 10 days at 68 degrees, crash cool to 39 for 4 days or longer, then rack to keg.

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Old 08-04-2007, 01:23 AM   #2
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This was the second of two bottles of beer that I swapped with EdWort...the first being his Stone IPA Clone.

The family got together tonight for a quick dinner of some lemon grilled chicken breast and some flashed fried whole wheat pasta with garlic and basil.

So we get the chicken in off the grill and everyting is sliced and ready to serve and that's bout the time I decide it's time to crack open this Kolsch from Ed.

I reach into the fridge and pull out my favorite 16 Oz chilled pilsner glass. Time to pop the top and no surprise...there's a nice solid fsssst of CO2 from the bottle.

The beer poured very nicely with a swirl of fine CO2 bubbles running from the bottom of the glass to the top. Within about 12 seconds, the CO2 selttled to a nice 1 inch head...very white and very frothy. The beer was a bright yellow and clear with just a slight hint of chill haze...typical of a Kolsch yeast beer. CO2 was effervesing very aggressively from the side and bottom of the glass.

I take a whiff and...nice. Very mellow. No real hops "attack" and a slight malt undertone. Without even taking a drink I can tell this is going to have "crisp pilsner" written all over it.

First sip was just after a sample of my grilled chicken so I was thirsty and WOW...very refreshing. Very "bright" in flavor. The mellow tone of the hops was perfectly balanced by the crisp cold carbonation.

I gave my SWMBO a small galss to sample and in typical SWMBO fashion she remarked..."this is better than yours...did you get the recipe???".

I recon that about sums up the overall review of this great beer. When the SWMBO has a Kolsch named after her "Colleen's Kolsch" and she declares another's Kolsch is better...that must be a good beer.

Hats off to Ed for another great beer...and for those of you fortunate enough to get some of his brews in the "swap"...consider yourselves lucky.

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Wow. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I popped a 32 ouncer that I brought with me to Ohio and I'm impressed with the carbonation level from the force kegging . SWMBO loves this one too. It's the closest to a German pilsener for one of my beers. Colleens Kölsch is darn tasty too and the bottle conditioning made for some great carbonation and a lacey head.

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Would I omit the crash cooling if I want to bottle this?

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Would I omit the crash cooling if I want to bottle this?
I would as I would not want my bottling yeast to go to dormancy. Perhaps a bottling brewer will chime in.
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I have crashed cooled beers that I bottle, there were enough yeast in suspension to carb.

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I brewed this about 3 weeks ago for my wife (she only drinks yellow beers). I was a little concerned after my first (uncarbonated) taste test because it tasted really bitter. (Fine for me, not for my wife) Now, four days later, chilled and carbonated, I love it!

I also learned that the"crisp" mouthfeel I wasn't getting with my other Kolsches was due to their lower IBUs. My previous Kolshes actually came out dryer than this one but I think the higher IBU mixed with some high carbonation really gave this one that crisp bite that I've been looking for.

So Edwort, thanks and congrats on a winner recipe! :-)

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Thanks. I think it's more like a German pilsener and I enjoy that. Great German beer without the extra work of lagering.

Wait till a few more weeks from now, it will be even better.

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Oh, I almost forgot, the lacing on this thing was amazing. I just took this photo, a good 10 minutes after finishing the pint. Did you notice this with yours, Ed?

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Yep. That's the wheat malt doing its thing. Looks good! Making me homesick!

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