I’m looking for some good suggestions on brewing this beer. Maybe some lessons learned. The directions seem too simple. I’m looking at a full boil instead of the 2.5 gal. DME first then LME later like it says and fermenting at 60. Maybe 2 weeks primary, 2-3 weeks secondary. What do you think?
I fermented my kolsch at 59 degrees and it took about 3 weeks to hit FG and then i left it in there for one more week for some extra cleanup. I have since racked it to secondary, and it has been there for two weeks at 40 degrees. Based on what i have read, i plan on keeping it there for two more before kegging it.
I just made the Kolsch kit, spent 3 weeks in primary at 61 degrees, then bottled. Waiting for it to carbonate the bottles and then I’ll try. The first (flat) taste was pretty good.
This beer style has been discussed several times and the consensus is that it should be lagered for 3 or 4 weeks. I don’t know how you can go straight to bottle after primary on this one. My yeast did not drop until it had been lagering for a few days.
My Kölsch extract kit has been going since Monday, at about 60F. Brewed it Sunday but no real active fermentation till Monday. It is still bubbling quite a bit, and there is a thick krausen. Since I used the Wyeast 2565 (i think that is the number) I have read it doesn’t drop very quickly, and some just rack out from under the krausen once FG is reached and then lager for a few weeks in secondary. I want to make sure I get a good clear Kölsch, so I will be lagering for at least 2-3 weeks. This yeast is known to be a bit slow at reaching FG, so I am going to be patient. But I want to get it into secondary soon as possible so I can fill the 6gal carboy back up with Amber Ale and get that going
I did a 4gal boil, well near 4gal anyway. I was far more than 3/4 full on my 5gal pot I also learned my girlfriend likes the smell of DME and water boiling. So I guess All-grain will be a go when we get our own house (she is finishing her Masters in social work). She is a good helper, and if I make a batch here and there that she likes, I am all set. She likes German Kolsch, hopefully she likes my homebrew version, as well!
I concur, my Krausen took forever to finally drop.
Thanks for your inputs. I am limited on space so it looks like I need to brew the pale ale first and enjoy that while this one ferments.