Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > What's up with my Kolsch?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-31-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
hotspurdotus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 200
Liked 31 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default What's up with my Kolsch?

I brewed an AG Kolsch a couple weeks ago. The fermentation temp has been a bit high (ambient temperature around 67 F), but otherwise nothing atypical.

I'm fermenting with Wyeast 2656, which I understand is supposed to be finished in around 4-7 days. I checked on it after 4 days, and it had a thick pellicle at the time. Repeated checks revealed no visual change, even after 10 days. I was worried about infection but figured there was nothing I could do about it so I just let it do it's thing.

Today I finally took action. Another check revealed the pellicle is still there, although the bubbles have reduced in size a bit.



I took a gravity sample and it looks to be about 1.012, exactly what I was expecting.

It has a nice flavor, so I'm not suspecting infection (but haven't ruled it out).

So what's up with the pellicle? I've done about 8 AG batches and none of them have looked anything like this when the beer was done fermenting. Will the beer clear itself up if I give it time or is this more common than I think?

Any info or advice would be much appreciated.



Reason: spelling
hotspurdotus is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 12:50 AM   #2
EllisTX
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Booger County, Texas
Posts: 871
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

It's just krausen, not a pellicle. Kolsch yeast takes forever to completely settle, if it ever does. Rack from underneath it if you're ready to transfer and lager.


__________________
"La La La Lo Lo Lo Luuuke, Luuuke, I am your father, Lo Lo Lo Lu Lu Lu"- Chris Farley
EllisTX is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 12:51 AM   #3
lumpher
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: texas
Posts: 4,542
Liked 133 Times on 118 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

looks just like a kolsch i have fermenting did a few days ago. doesn't look like a pellicle to me. looks more like sludge that hasn't settled yet. kolsch yeast needs to be cold-crashed to settle
__________________
Taps:
1: APA 2: Notso Mild 3: Hefe 4: Belgian Dark Strong
5: Barkshack Mead 6: Cabernet Wine
Fermenting: APA
lumpher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 12:53 AM   #4
lumpher
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: texas
Posts: 4,542
Liked 133 Times on 118 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

internet connection causing multiple posts...
__________________
Taps:
1: APA 2: Notso Mild 3: Hefe 4: Belgian Dark Strong
5: Barkshack Mead 6: Cabernet Wine
Fermenting: APA
lumpher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 12:56 AM   #5
lumpher
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: texas
Posts: 4,542
Liked 133 Times on 118 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

internet connection causing multiple posts...
__________________
Taps:
1: APA 2: Notso Mild 3: Hefe 4: Belgian Dark Strong
5: Barkshack Mead 6: Cabernet Wine
Fermenting: APA
lumpher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 01:01 AM   #6
hotspurdotus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 200
Liked 31 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default

Thanks for the assurances.

Excuse my krausen gaffe; I've been reading too many sour threads recently so I have pellicles on the brain
hotspurdotus is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 02:19 AM   #7
EllisTX
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Booger County, Texas
Posts: 871
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

I used the same yeast for a kolsch that I just pulled the last pint of a few nights ago. It got better every day. I'm impatient as hell so unfortunately it hit it's prime just as it ran out. Give it a few weeks cold crash after kegging or bottling and you'll be happy you did. Good luck!
__________________
"La La La Lo Lo Lo Luuuke, Luuuke, I am your father, Lo Lo Lo Lu Lu Lu"- Chris Farley
EllisTX is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 03:02 AM   #8
OldWorld
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 394
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts

Default

can you transfer to a glass carboy and chill it...toss some gelatin in...let it really settle for several days. Your temperature is in range. In the upper 70's Kolsch will get fruity and sometimes green apples. A little pear can come about from higher temps. It also depends on the malt you use. Global Malt I believe is the only one that makes a cologne malt.
OldWorld is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 02:23 PM   #9
hotspurdotus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 200
Liked 31 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default

The fermentation chamber is currently full (only room for 1 brew in there), but I'll chill it in a week or so. After that I'll transfer it to a keg and start conditioning.

Thanks again for the help. So much to learn and so little time!
hotspurdotus is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 09:59 PM   #10
OkashiiBrew
Only drink when your all alone or with somebody else
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
OkashiiBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Elizabeth, Colorado
Posts: 140
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

My WLP kolsch yeast took its time. 3 weeks to a stable gravity, 3 more to clear up. 6 weeks total at 65 degrees. Going to bottle tonight at last!


OkashiiBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would you consider this a Kolsch? prrriiide General Beer Discussion 5 07-28-2011 01:30 PM
Help with Kolsch monkeydan General Beer Discussion 2 07-15-2011 03:50 PM
Help with NB Kolsch Wino24 General Beer Discussion 1 11-04-2010 07:08 PM
Kolsch BrewDey General Beer Discussion 11 04-07-2007 08:57 PM
What makes a Kolsch a Kolsch? McCall St. Brewer General Beer Discussion 2 02-16-2006 02:10 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS