Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Kolsch (type beer)

Home brewed Kolsch (-ish, made in Manchester)

I brewed this a few weeks ago and forgot to add some Irish Moss, it's still a bit hazy (15/11/16) but tastes good. I conditioned it for three weeks in the cold store at a friendly local micro and since then it's been further conditioned in my shed. I first tried it after bringing it back from the brewery and wasn't too happy as it had a bit of an apple flavour which fortunately has now faded after 2½ weeks of shed conditioning. Hopefully a few more weeks will clear it completely, standard home brew rules apply: if at first it doesn't taste right, leave it for a few weeks. It probably won't taste any worse.

Recipe (BIAB):

  • Mash for 1 hr at 67°C
  • Boil for 60 mins
  • Mash water volume 24lt
  • Pilsner malt 3kg
  • Carapils 375g
  • Spalt 33g (at start)
  • Spalt 17g (10 mins)
  • Spalt 15g (at end)
  • Hallertauer MF 23g (at end)
  • WL029 Kolsch yeast
Fermenter volume: 17lt
OG: 1.044 (a bit lower than expected - should have been around 1.050)
FG: 1.010
ABV: 4.5%
Brew date: 20/09/2016
Bottled: 04/10/2016

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