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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:13:14 AM »
Gonna try to pick something up this weekend so I can do a comparison tasting soon even though mine isn't meant to be 'traditional'

It still needs some more time although it seems to be getting better and better. Been in the keg for two weeks and I really hope it clarifies a bit more. May be the tastiest brew yet....

I bet it will, seems like Kolsch yeast can be a slow settler.

Kind of ties into the cold crashing thread - be sure it's done fermenting and cold crash it.

I used gelatin finings as well. Most of my beers have no issues clarifying. I assume that WLP029 is just less flocculant than the normal strains I use

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:11:44 AM »
Gonna try to pick something up this weekend so I can do a comparison tasting soon even though mine isn't meant to be 'traditional'

It still needs some more time although it seems to be getting better and better. Been in the keg for two weeks and I really hope it clarifies a bit more. May be the tastiest brew yet....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:01:45 AM »
I entered an IIPA into my first and only competition up to this point. It was a little ambitious especially considering that it was one of my first all grain beers and I have not brewed an IIPA since.

I don't know where my scorecard is but I didn't due too bad considering the circumstances. I do remember that there was a slight off-flavor that one of the judges detected and one judge in particular liked it much more than the others.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 3711 tips and tricks
« on: January 23, 2014, 03:11:52 PM »
I recently had a saison with 3711 fermented in the low 60s. It definitely had subdued qualities for saison and was almost pretty neautral (for that style). I think most people have good success with pitching it in the mid-upper 60s and letting the temp free rise...

The one time I used I think I kept in the upper 60s and it gave a moderate amount of spice which I like. I don't like anything over the top. It is a beast though and will get you below 1.010 without an issue. I think my 1.056 saison finished at 1.004.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: SNPA grain bill
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:08:58 PM »
I see Hallertau listed as a possible sub for Perle although the AA% is probably much lower. I think that would work much better than the Centennial

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:19:22 AM »
Thanks everyone. Looks like it will be easier for me to find a real German Kolsch than a lot of the ones mentioned. Looks like my local "beer warehouse" only has 3 domestic Kolsch beers in addition to the German ones:

Steamworks Colorado Kolsch
Uinta Hoodoo
St. Arnold's Lawnmower


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: preboil vs postboil gravity
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:16:29 PM »
Went back to re-calculate my last 6 batches based on all mentioned variables. It looks like my mash efficiency is consistently about 5% higher than my brewhouse efficiency. Evaporation rates have ranged from 10.6% to 14.2% and batch size from 5.08 to 5.32 gallons. This is assumming constant losses for cooling and trub. I understand trub loss is variable but I don't use a lot of hops in most of my beers so I assume the difference would be minimal...

My calculated IBUs and SRMs were all higher than I originally thought and it makes sense after tasting them. Now that I better understand, I should be able to get my process further dialed in and get better results...

You're getting there,man. Getting your process (with all the many variables) dialed in is the toughest part of AG brewing IMO, and one of the most rewarding when you get there. It takes everybody some time. But you're on the way !

Thanks! Funny that I have been doing all grain for almost 3 years now... I thought my process and measurements were good but I realize that I was basically half-assing it. Hopefully I am on the way to making some solid, reproduceable beers!

I should probably work on my water next...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: preboil vs postboil gravity
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:52:32 PM »
Went back to re-calculate my last 6 batches based on all mentioned variables. It looks like my mash efficiency is consistently about 5% higher than my brewhouse efficiency. Evaporation rates have ranged from 10.6% to 14.2% and batch size from 5.08 to 5.32 gallons. This is assumming constant losses for cooling and trub. I understand trub loss is variable but I don't use a lot of hops in most of my beers so I assume the difference would be minimal...

My calculated IBUs and SRMs were all higher than I originally thought and it makes sense after tasting them. Now that I better understand, I should be able to get my process further dialed in and get better results...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: preboil vs postboil gravity
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:54:58 PM »
Ok so I am pretty much a moron.

I was basically equating post boil volume and volume into the fermenter as the same. I have been calculating my post boil volume and entering that into batch size in Beersmith. Batch size is basically volume into the fermenter from what I understand.

I need to be measuring the 'post boil volume' right after the boil concludes hence the term 'post-boil'. That should resolve a lot of my confusion...

Sorry all and thanks for all of the help.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:45:17 AM »
Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale. "Though sweeter and heavier than traditional versions, the SoCal beer is an excellent rendition of a kolsch."


I like both the Sunner & Reissdorf, I like the Sunner more. I haven't tried the Fruh, so I cannot comment.

Haha...I always wondered why Yellowtail didn't actually taste like a 'pale ale'. Never realized it was supposed to be a Kolsch. I have had it in San Diego but I have not see BP in Colorado.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:32:06 AM »
Okay so it looks like this is easier than I thought. I found these at the place I go to from time to time.

FRUH KOLSCH
REISSDORF KOLSCH
SUNNER KOLSCH

Any preferences?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:26:08 AM »
St Arnold's lawnmower


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Pretty sure I can't get that one. I will look around...

EDIT: Nevermind. Looks like I may have found it....haha. Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: preboil vs postboil gravity
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:25:00 AM »
...Beer Smith uses Brewhouse in the eff field...

You can calculate both mash and brewhouse efficiency in your recipe.

I personally don't like "Brewhouse Efficiency" on the homebrew scale. Since it is affected by so many unrelated variables, it doesn't really tell you anything on its own. You end up looking at mash efficiency + other numbers to diagnose an unexpected result.

Either way, its more important to understand the numbers and what they mean to you. If you change your process or change your recipe, can you still get accurate numbers from the software?

Thanks. This makes the most sense to me. I am usually determining what my final volume should be by using preboil vol, preboil gravity and postboil gravity. This is obviously not accurate for me and I probably have incorrect approximations in beersmith for estimating volumes.

I think I need to work on calibrating a stick to put in the kettle for volumes...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: preboil vs postboil gravity
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:21:17 AM »
I make sure that I take my samples after mixing the wort thoroughly. I do not however take my preboil reading after the hot break but right after collecting the second runnings.

I've experienced inaccurate readings due to stratification by doing that.

So accuracy is still a worry if it is well mixed?

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General Homebrew Discussion / commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:19:20 AM »
Wasn't sure if I should post this in commercial beer reviews...

Anyone have any good suggestions for commercially available Kolsch's that are not too hard to come by? I brewed one recently and would like something to compare it to since I really don't have that much experience with the category. Mine is pretty damn tasty but I would like to see if I am on the right track. I know my grain bill is not entirely authentic (not to mention the hops)

The only one that I see on a regular basis is Colorado Kolsch by Steamworks in Durango, CO (since I am in CO) and the only other one that I have really had is Alaskan Summer Ale. They both claim to be 'traditional German style Kolsch' beers. I think it may be hard for me to find an authentic kolsch from Germany but maybe I am wrong.

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