I always use Spalt Select in my kolsch. Isn't this the traditional kolsch hop?
I don't know if it's traditional, but it's a great choice.
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Saaz is not a very good choice IMO. Can;t go wrong with hallertauer mittelfruh. Also a combination of Hallertauer and Tettnanger. I really like some of the American Hallertauer lineage hops with a kolsch. One of the best kolsches I ever made was an all FWH made with crystal hops.
How about Mt. Hood? I've got a couple pounds I need to use up somehow.
I like Wyeast 3787 for both those styles. I also like Wyeast 1762 for the dark strongs. Those are WLP530 and WLP550, respectively.
Going over old notes while brewing last night, I noticed that I used 3522 (Belgian Ardennes) in a batch a couple years ago. The batch turned out memorable, though I have no notes as to flavor. Just fond memories and empty bottles...
I've not used the yeast since but I just might try it again in the near future.
but many come with a built in thermometer.