I have the malt and hops from Northern Brewer’s Kolsch kit, but I’m not set on that recipe. What other styles (ales) could I brew with these ingredients, some specialty malts, and the proper choice of yeast?
Sure, toss in some dark crystal malts and dark candi sugar and you have the makings of a dubbel. Not sure I’d go the alt route with mostly pilsner, though. I think that style would need something a little more bready, like Vienna or Munich.
My Alt base malts are 50% Pilsner malt, 50% Munich malt. Plus some Carared and Caramunich2. Hops are Perle or Tradition for the bittering charge and Hersbrucker for flavor and Aroma. So you could do a double batch of Altbier by taking the 9lb Pilsner that you have, add 9 lb. Munich plus some caramel malts to get the color you want. Also would have to double up on the Tradition and triple up on the Hersbrucker. And definitely use the WY1007, I think it’s essential to the style.
You could make a nice pseudo pilsner with the right yeast.
Wyeast pacman yeast fermented in the mid 60s makes a passable pilsner. I entered one that I did like that with pilsner DME into a competition and got a decent score (37) with no mention by any of the judges of it being ale like.