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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2015, 07:44:11 am »
Can't go wrong with Sterling and Crystal combo. They play nice together.

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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2015, 08:15:27 am »
Can't go wrong with Sterling and Crystal combo. They play nice together.

My very best Kolsch is all crystal FWH with just a small amount of magnum at 60 minute. That said, I'm going to try the same recipe but with Bavarian Mandarina this spring. Just made an IPA with that hop and it smells lovely.

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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2015, 08:26:29 am »
Can't go wrong with Sterling and Crystal combo. They play nice together.

My very best Kolsch is all crystal FWH with just a small amount of magnum at 60 minute. That said, I'm going to try the same recipe but with Bavarian Mandarina this spring. Just made an IPA with that hop and it smells lovely.

Yeah, just made a small batch to test out Mandarina Bavaria. That is a really nice hop.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2015, 09:45:20 am »
Unique aroma hops are great in Kölsch IMO. It's really a blank slate and I like it much better than a plain blonde ale or all 2-row smash. It must be the pils.

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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2015, 09:55:35 am »
Unique aroma hops are great in Kölsch IMO. It's really a blank slate and I like it much better than a plain blonde ale or all 2-row smash. It must be the pils.

I agree.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2015, 08:14:46 pm »
Brewing my first Kolsch next weekend.  Not sure why I haven't made one.  Do you guys use wheat in yours?  I've read differences of opinion on wheat.  I thought a bit of wheat was traditional.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2015, 08:54:44 pm »
Mine is 90/5/5 - pils/lt munich/wheat. Mix it up as far is OG goes from 1.045-1.055

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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2015, 07:23:26 am »
Brewing my first Kolsch next weekend.  Not sure why I haven't made one.  Do you guys use wheat in yours?  I've read differences of opinion on wheat.  I thought a bit of wheat was traditional.

You can, just be aware that it is not entirely traditional.

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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #38 on: January 12, 2015, 08:44:39 am »
The best Kölsch I had in Cologne used Spalter Select.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #39 on: January 12, 2015, 09:08:18 am »
Brewing my first Kolsch next weekend.  Not sure why I haven't made one.  Do you guys use wheat in yours?  I've read differences of opinion on wheat.  I thought a bit of wheat was traditional.

You can, just be aware that it is not entirely traditional.

Is it traditionally straight pilsner malt?  I was thinking Pilsner and some Munich for color. 
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #40 on: January 12, 2015, 09:27:48 am »
Brewing my first Kolsch next weekend.  Not sure why I haven't made one.  Do you guys use wheat in yours?  I've read differences of opinion on wheat.  I thought a bit of wheat was traditional.

You can, just be aware that it is not entirely traditional.

Is it traditionally straight pilsner malt?  I was thinking Pilsner and some Munich for color.

mostly pils. some breweries do use a pinch of wheat and some probably use some munich or kolsch malt.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2015, 09:36:47 am »
All the Kölschs I had were extremely pale. I don't think you need Munich malt.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #42 on: January 12, 2015, 11:06:12 am »
Preference on WLP029 or WY2565?  May split the batch and try both.
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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #43 on: January 12, 2015, 11:09:20 am »
I use 2565 because my preference edges towards Wyeast. I have heard that WLP029 drops clear faster.

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Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« Reply #44 on: January 12, 2015, 11:52:35 am »
I use pilsner with some Vienna and wheat. I see that my LHBS now carries kolsch malt so I think I will replace the Vienna with that. I use WLP029. I would like to try WY2565 for comparison.
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