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Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby backhousebrew on Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:19 pm

Anyone have a link to a 5 gallon partial mash Kolsch using DME?
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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby lexuschris on Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:57 pm

Brad has some Kolsch recipes in the club database ... like this one..

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You could sub the Pilsner malt with Breiss Pilsen DME, and then mini-mash the Vienna malt (or just leave it out.. the DME probably has some non-pilsen malt in with it...). A single bittering addtion and Kolsch yeast should get you there... :)

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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby BrewMasterBrad on Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:18 pm

All my Kolsch recipes are all-grain, but you should be able to convert to partial mash. Kolsch is not a complicated recipe. You can go with all Pilsner malt with a little Vienna or Wheat. Hop once at 60 minutes to get 25-30 IBUs. The key is using the Kolsch yeast. I normally use WLP029 with good results. I usually shoot for starting gravity of 1.048 to 1.050. You don't want to go above that as this is a really easy drinking style.

Here is an example of a recipe that I have used several times - http://www.brewconsume.net/recipes/winn ... pes_10.htm
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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby backhousebrew on Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:13 am

Thanks for the responses. Good info.
I didn't know about the low fermenting temps.
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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby BrewMasterBrad on Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:45 am

I normally ferment at 65F with the WLP029 yeast. This is at the bottom of the suggested temp range for this yeast and it will produce sulfur during fermentation, so be prepared for that. I find that as I repitch this yeast into the next beer, it produces less sulfur which is probably the result of a higher cell count and less stress on the yeast. I like to let my Kolsch beers lager for about a month before I drink them.

I have a Kolsch on tap right now and second one in the fermenter. I am brewing a third as soon as the one in the fermenter is ready. I am only changing the hops in each itteration of this beer.
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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby backhousebrew on Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:39 pm

BrewMasterBrad wrote:I normally ferment at 65F with the WLP029 yeast. This is at the bottom of the suggested temp range for this yeast and it will produce sulfur during fermentation, so be prepared for that. I find that as I repitch this yeast into the next beer, it produces less sulfur which is probably the result of a higher cell count and less stress on the yeast. I like to let my Kolsch beers lager for about a month before I drink them.

I have a Kolsch on tap right now and second one in the fermenter. I am brewing a third as soon as the one in the fermenter is ready. I am only changing the hops in each itteration of this beer.


I should probably come over and sample a whole bunch of your Kolsch before I decide. :)
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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby Grande69 on Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:40 pm

HEY! I was at the Brew Ha Ha. Where were you at that you were able to brew?
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Re: Looking for a partial mash Kolsch recipe

Postby backhousebrew on Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:55 pm

Grande69 wrote:HEY! I was at the Brew Ha Ha. Where were you at that you were able to brew?


I shared a booth with Addison Homebrew Provisions. We were next to the fire engine area, next to the coke machines near the restroom building.
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