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Old 04-30-2007, 04:08 PM   #11
Dec 2006
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When I use Kolsch its anywhere from 12 to 72 hrs for it to take off.

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Old 05-01-2007, 04:37 PM   #12
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my first Kolsch took 36 hour to start. Since then I made starters.

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Old 05-01-2007, 04:46 PM   #13
Sep 2005
Wixom, MI
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My Kolsch was slow to begin even when I pitched a decent starter (48hrs w/o and 24hrs with).

However, if you are using a plastic primary make sure your seal is good. I have a Double IPA that I made last week and pitched a 3qt starter into. 24hrs later I had no airlock activity...popped the lid and found a huge krausen. I resealed the lid and the airlock started burping away. It was just a bad seal. It had been fermenting away and the CO2 was finding a different path out.


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