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Old 04-12-2009, 03:51 PM   #11
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WLP029 definitely has a sort of "rindy" character that I find in all my favorite homebrewed kolsch. I think using 1007 you would definitely lose something.

 
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:55 PM   #12
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Here is what I am thinking withall suggestions.

5lbs Light DME (Briess)
1lb Wheat DME (Briess)
1oz Liberty hops (boiling)
1/3oz Saaz (flavor)
2/3oz Saaz (finish
White labs WLP029

og 1.041
fg 1.010

Better?

Thanks for all the input.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:01 PM   #13
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It is on the upper end of hoppiness, I think, but if you want that Saaz character in there, it looks good.

Make sure you make a 2-3L starter with the WLP029, that stuff likes to be pitched big.

 
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:17 PM   #14
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As this is my 1st time with liquid yeast I will study up on it.

What would bring the hops down a bit, less or diffrent type?
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:16 PM   #15
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All right I think I will go with the WLP029, forget the rice and add more DME.

If Cats Meow is not good any suggestions for other places to look?
Here! We have a recipe database. You can also post (like you already did) to get suggestions on recipes. You also can't go wrong with Jamil's book "Brewing Classic Styles"

As for the recipe, you might think about changing the light DME to a Pilsner extract. I'm pretty sure they sell it in dry form too. Pilsner malt is just more in style for this beer.


 
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:52 PM   #16
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Here is what I am thinking withall suggestions.

5lbs Light DME (Briess)
1lb Wheat DME (Briess)
1oz Liberty hops (boiling)
1/3oz Saaz (flavor)
2/3oz Saaz (finish
White labs WLP029

og 1.041
fg 1.010

Better?

Thanks for all the input.
From what I understand, of all of the breweries that make Kolsch beer, only one uses even the slightest amount of wheat...the rest being pilsner malt. So it's that simple, nothing but pilsner malt, Kolsch yeast, and noble hops to at least 20 IBUs. I'm not sure if Saaz are considered "noble". Also, Kolsch is not known for its hop flavor or aroma. One bittering addition at 60 minutes is sufficient to get you to at least 20 IBUs.

 
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:44 PM   #17

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If Cats Meow is not good any suggestions for other places to look?
Right on this website or any of the following:
Award Winning Recipes
Bob G' Recipes
BeerContestDB Recipe Book Ver 20021003
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Jamil's Recipes
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:24 PM   #18
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As for the recipe, you might think about changing the light DME to a Pilsner extract. I'm pretty sure they sell it in dry form too. Pilsner malt is just more in style for this beer.
The lightest Briess extract is made from Pilsner malt. It is sometimes sold (eg at AHS) as "Briess Extra Light." I have used this extract in a Kolsch and it turned out great.


 
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:30 PM   #19
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Cool, good to know. I don't use extract that much, so I'm out of touch with what is offered.

 
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:44 PM   #20
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OK I brewed it today. I used Hallertau instead of Saaz. Librert and hallertau Hops were 3.9%.

My OG was high 1.054 but I think that is do to not mixing the wort into the water enough, as all my OG's seem to be high.

Plan to rack to secondary when ferentation stops and place it in my basement we temps are in the 50's for two weeks.

Cant wait to taste it.
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