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What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:04:59 PM »
So I will have a yeast cake of WY2565 kicking around in a couple weeks, and I'm not sure what I should make next with it.  One things I'm curious about is if it would work with a bunch of American hops, specifically cascade and Columbus.  I have a pile of those that I need to use up (2lb or so), and my keg of hoppy APA is almost gone.

The obvious choices would be a cream ale or a blonde ale, but I'll already have a pilsner and a kolsch on tap so I don't need to fill that void. 

Any thoughts on using a kolsch yeast on something totally different, maybe a baltic porter or a brown ale?
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2016, 02:10:31 PM »
How about an Alt? 


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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 02:14:34 PM »
An Alt would work.  I haven't made one of those in many years.  To possibly complicate (or simplify depending on the perspective) the issue, I have half a sack of Maris Otter that needs to get used up.  It is still crisp/crunchy, but the sack has been open for about 7 months now and the clock is ticking (it is in the original bag sealed up in a big container, so it is aging slowly).

Just "thinking out loud", would a scottish 70/- fermented with Kolsch be like a sweet Alt?
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What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2016, 02:21:33 PM »
I believe you could use the MO as a sub for 2 row base.

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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2016, 02:34:02 PM »
2565 works well in an IPA. Takes forever and a day to clear, but it's good.

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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2016, 02:36:50 PM »
2565 works well in an IPA. Takes forever and a day to clear, but it's good.


Yeah, even crashing @ 32F, 2565 takes forever to clear. Never tried making an IPA with it.
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2016, 02:46:53 PM »
I'm not averse to using gelatin to make things clear, so getting the yeast out isn't likely an issue.
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2016, 02:48:16 PM »
I'm not averse to using gelatin to make things clear, so getting the yeast out isn't likely an issue.


I'm not either, but 2565 is still stubborn after crashing and using gelatin. Really powdery strain.
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2016, 03:31:40 PM »
2565 works well in an IPA. Takes forever and a day to clear, but it's good.

I have done this and I agree.  Might make for a perfectly hazy east coast IPA actually.
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2016, 04:01:23 PM »
I'm kinda surprised by all the variety in the recommendations.  IMO 2565 has such a distinctive taste that kolsch is about the only thing I could see using it for.
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2016, 04:16:44 PM »
I too have heard that it works well for a classic IPA. I have also used it successfully in a lighter blond version of biere de garde.

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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2016, 07:01:03 PM »
I'm kinda surprised by all the variety in the recommendations.  IMO 2565 has such a distinctive taste that kolsch is about the only thing I could see using it for.

My thoughts as well, though I did use it in a gose recently. I tried to brew an "Imperial" kolsch one time and did not care for the results.

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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2016, 07:02:26 PM »
I'm kinda surprised by all the variety in the recommendations.  IMO 2565 has such a distinctive taste that kolsch is about the only thing I could see using it for.

My thoughts as well, though I did use it in a gose recently. I tried to brew an "Imperial" kolsch one time and did not care for the results.


Yeah, it's pretty distinctive to me, too.
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2016, 07:39:40 PM »
For clarity, I guess I'm looking for suggestions about what would be interesting to make with it.  As far as adhering to style, that doesn't matter to me.  My main concern is problems with the kolsch yeast flavor clashing with whatever else I'm doing and making an unpleasant brew. 
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Re: What to make with Kolsch Yeast
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2016, 09:25:32 PM »
For clarity, I guess I'm looking for suggestions about what would be interesting to make with it.  As far as adhering to style, that doesn't matter to me.  My main concern is problems with the kolsch yeast flavor clashing with whatever else I'm doing and making an unpleasant brew.

Here's what Wyest says. I agree with their suggestion except, perhaps, the alt (depending how you handle the yeast)

   American Wheat or Rye Beer
   Berliner Weisse
   Bière de Garde
   Cream Ale
   Düsseldorf Altbier
   Fruit Beer
   Kölsch
   Northern German Altbier
   Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer