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Old 04-13-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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I brewed a BB Kolsch kit a few weeks ago. Its sitting in secondary now. Unfortunately, it didn't come with Kolsch yeast, just notty. I guess its going to be more like a blonde ale. ABV is only 3.8 or so... Can I add some strawberry flavoring or strawberries to the secondary to make a strawberry blonde ale? Its been in secondary for about a week. The fg was 1.018 after 2 weeks in primary.

I'm a bit disappointed in this kit not coming with the right yeast. It says it in small print on the label - "Using White Labs WLP029 will help achieve the lager-like characteristics this ale is famously known for."


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Old 04-13-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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Ale yeast for Ales, Lager yeast for lagers. Vary the temperature for varied character. It makes one wonder how many of these "style specific" yeasts have the label as the only difference.

If it looks like a Kolsch, smells like a Kolsch, and drinks like a Kolsch well.......

It's not REALLY a Kolsch lest it's brewn in or within view of that church/monastary in Cologne.


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Old 04-13-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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A Brewer's Best kit isn't going to come with liquid yeast and there really isn't a suitable dry yeast. A dry lager yeast wouldn't be right either.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:55 PM   #4
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Fermentis has a perfect dry yeast for Kolsch. I forget the number tho'.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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My second brew was a "Kolsch" kit from my LHBS and it used Nottingham yeast. It turned out to be a pretty good beer. I would say it has Kolsch characteristics but, it's by no means a Kolsch. I've found that it's a good idea to find out exactly what is in a kit before I buy it. There are no surprises that way.
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Fermentis has a perfect dry yeast for Kolsch. I forget the number tho'.
Safale K-97?
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:21 PM   #7
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I'm sure its going to be a good beer, but its not exactly what I was aiming for. I was planning on lagering it for a month or 2 before bottling. I'm not going to do that with the Nottingham. I was trying to come close to the Alaskan Summer Ale. I'll try this kit again with the White Labs yeast to see what the difference is.

I'm interested now in adding a strawberry flavor to it in secondary or at bottling time. Can I or should I? Should I use extract or frozen strawberries? Or nothing at all?
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I'm interested now in adding a strawberry flavor to it in secondary or at bottling time. Can I or should I? Should I use extract or frozen strawberries? Or nothing at all?
I am a fan of flavoring beers at serving time with herbal/fruit tea bags, fruit extracts, juices, etc. Pour about two ounces of beer in a glass, add flavoring, mix them up, then top up with a good pour to end up with a good blend.

If you want to use fruit on the entire batch, definitely add it to the secondary and let it ferment out. Racking to a tertiary is optional if you want to minimize pickup of fruit/puree particles. Also, be advised that strawberries don't ferment particularly well, so you'll need a ton of them, ideally very ripe to slightly over-ripe.
Extracts can add a bit of complexity when used in small amounts in conjunction with fruit, but by themselves they tend to taste very artificial (think flavored medicine or Sam Adams Cherry Wheat).
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Looking at this some more, the other posters are correct about Safale K97 as being a good dry choice they could've included in the kit. But it isn't a lager yeast, and neither is WLP029, if that's what you want to do.
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Looking at this some more, the other posters are correct about Safale K97 as being a good dry choice they could've included in the kit. But it isn't a lager yeast, and neither is WLP029, if that's what you want to do.
Kolsch is not lager fermented (stylistically speaking). Thus, it is an Ale but it is lagered in the "stored" sense of the word.


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