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Kolsch kit
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:32:16 AM »
Made a kolsch kit this past Saturday, yet it seems it fermented too quickly.  No bubbles that I have noticed today.  I looked in the bucket and it looks like it is done.  I'm giving it another day or two to see if any change.  Any comments or advise welcome.

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 12:51:22 AM »
Check the gravity with your hydrometer and record, wait a few days and check again. It could be done, but the only way to tell is measure and taste.


What temp did you ferment at?

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 01:25:44 AM »
It's been between 70-73F...

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 01:33:52 AM »
That's pretty warm for a kolsch, especially if that was the ambient temp. Typically it would be low 60's. Safe bet that is close to being done.

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 01:34:55 AM »
ok, thanks for the info!!  greatly appreciated!

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2015, 02:48:38 PM »
I'd advise leaving it alone for at least another week. After active fermentation, your yeast needs some time to "clean up" after itself by metabolizing some fermentation by-products. My standard is to never touch my fermenter for at least two weeks, and even longer for bigger beers. And visible activity is a poor indicator of continuing fermentation. After a couple of weeks, check Final Gravity with a hydrometer; it's done when you get the same reading three days apart.

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2015, 02:50:01 PM »
And research fermentation temps! You need to be controlling fermentation and fermenting much cooler than you are, especially for a kolsch.

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Re: Kolsch kit
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2015, 03:43:58 PM »
Get a large tub that will fit your fermenter. Fill with a couple of gallons of water. Switch out frozen water bottles to regulate temperature.

This has worked well for me until I can make the jump to a temp controlled chest freezer for fermentations. I was actually able to do a lager pretty damn well this way but I probably won't attempt that in the summer...

This is what I use for my 30L speidel:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/HOMZ-0409GRBK.08-Storage-Tub-w-Rope-Handles-10-Gal-Black/40736908
On Tap/Bottled: Hopfenbier, Kurbis Marzen, Red Rye, Vienna Lager,      

Fermenting: Imperial Porter
Up Next: Maibock, Braunbier