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Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:33:06 AM »
My wife and I are expecting our first child in December and I've decided to brew a peach and habanero kölsch to celebrate the occasion. This is what I've planned out for this partial mash BIAB brew for 5 gallons in the bottle:

6 Lbs Pilsner Malt
1 Lb Wheat
1 Lb Munich Malt
1.2 Lb DME
  Mash 149°-146°F (90 min)

2 Oz Crystal pellets (60 Min)

Irish Moss (15 Min)
Peaches, 8 Lbs Previously Frozen (Secondary)
Pectic Enzyme (Secondary)
2-3 Habaneros (De-seeded, Tertiary to taste)

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Please let me know what you think and also if you have any name suggestions I'd appreciate it.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 11:47:48 AM »
I think it must have been inspired by pregnancy induced cravings.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2014, 12:05:15 PM »
The peaches will add a lot of acidity and dryness to the finished beer.  As such, I would strongly recommend that you mash higher at about 153-154 F for just 45 minutes.

Also, that's way too much habanero.  I would use only 1/4, or at most a 1/2 of one.  That will be PLENTY.

For a name I might call it Whipper Snapper Peach Habanero Kolsch.
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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2014, 12:16:20 PM »
I plan to take samples and taste the beer frequently after I add the peppers in to make sure it doesn't get too hot. I also planning to hang them in a bag for easy retrieval once it reaches the desired heat. I'm a big fan of Founder's Mango Magnifico and am trying to get a similar heat in the beer.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2014, 12:31:05 PM »
Personally, I think the qty of peppers is fine, but I like spicy.

I would try to minimize the number of times you rack the beer. I understand why you are doing each, but I think you are opening yourself up to oxidation.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2014, 12:41:15 PM »
Instead of racking to tertiary, I'd add the peppers in the secondary in a bag. Then pull the peppers out when you hit your desired heat level. I don't think there's a need to rack to tertiary.

As far as a name goes, I'd suggest "Hot for Peaches".
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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2014, 12:42:06 PM »
I've brewed a peach beer before... never again. It was a peach wheat beer. It didn't turn out that good at all. In fact, it was pretty bad. I used 5 lbs of fresh then frozen peaches and a 3 lb can of Oregon Puree in a 5 gallon batch. I still didn't get much peach flavor at all and the beer was just mudded.

Some people on the forum recommended using apricots instead of peaches. I wish I would have listened to that advice. I'm not sure if I'll ever even try that.

Wow.... I just sounded like Debbie Downer lol
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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2014, 01:00:25 PM »
With peaches AND jabeneros it's probably going to have to be called Kolsch "style" beer ;-)

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2014, 02:29:25 PM »
hope it turns out for you.
Mango Magnifico is a flavorful 10% beer and the base can handle a lot of "stuff" added to it.  I wouldn't personally put something as strong as habanero with something as delicate as Kolsch, but perhaps it'll be amazing.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2014, 02:47:18 PM »
I did a pineapple habanero wit this summer with good results. I added 1 deseeded, deveined, and diced habanero to the keg for about 3 days and it had the perfect amount of heat.
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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2014, 02:50:41 PM »
With peaches AND jabeneros it's probably going to have to be called Kolsch Koelsch "style" beer ;-)
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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2014, 03:28:43 PM »
I've had bad luck using peaches as well. I also ended up with a very muddled fruit flavor. The problem with peaches and other low-acidity fruit is that once you ferment out the sugar there's nothing to make the fruit flavor distinct.

I definitely would not waste the time or oxygen exposure to rack over to add peppers. When I brew with peppers I leave them in large strips and dump them in the fermentor. I rack out when I like the taste. No problems clogging the autosiphon because the pepper pieces are too large.
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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2014, 04:50:20 PM »
I think it must have been inspired by pregnancy induced cravings.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2014, 04:52:01 PM »
Personally, I think the qty of peppers is fine, but I like spicy.

I would try to minimize the number of times you rack the beer. I understand why you are doing each, but I think you are opening yourself up to oxidation.

You can avoid oxydation by adding C02 to the carboy the beer is flowing into.

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Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2014, 04:53:53 PM »
Personally, I think the qty of peppers is fine, but I like spicy.

I would try to minimize the number of times you rack the beer. I understand why you are doing each, but I think you are opening yourself up to oxidation.

You can avoid oxydation by adding C02 to the carboy the beer is flowing into.


True, but still some risk. Risk is greatly reduced if using a closed system such as kegs or conicals.


Also, the more vessels used, the greater risk of contamination.