Kolsch Beer Recipes
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This recipe appears in the July/August 2017 issue of Zymurgy magazine in the article Winners Circle: The Inner Sydney Brewers 2017 Harbour City Brewoff by Amahl Turczyn.
Best of show, 2017 Harbour City Brewoff
As a courtesy to our Australian friends, the recipe below uses metric units, with US customary units given in parentheses.Read More
Joe Edidin of Maryville, TN and member of Tennessee Valley Homebrewers won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2016 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore, MD. Edidin's kolsch was chosen as the best among 280 entries in the category.Read More
National Homebrew Day was announced before Congress on May 7, 1988. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.
The 2015 AHA Big Brew recipes come from three time AHA Ninkasi Award winner and current BJCP President, Gordon Strong! This year’s beers are all medal-winning recipes from Gordon’s upcoming book, Modern Homebrew Recipes, to be released in May 2015.
If you are looking for a way to put a twist on this Kolsch recipe, take a tip from AHA Director, Gary Glass: “I recently got together with some fellow Brewers Association staff members to brew a Kolsch. Inspired by a local brewery, we decided to make a coffee variation of the Kolsch by making a concentrated batch of cold-steeped coffee that we then put in a condiment dispenser. By adding variable doses of the coffee concentrate to a glass of Kolsch, we could customize our coffee Kolsch to our own tastes.”
From Modern Homebrew Recipes: “I fell in love with this style after a visit to Cologne in 2006. I had enjoyed it before, but it didn't seem like anything special. Trying it fresh made all the difference… The style allows for subtle changes in balance in several components (malt, hop flavor, bitterness, fruitiness), but all were hovering around moderate intensity. I won a number of NHC first round medals with this recipe, which is in the style of a Früh or Reissdorf.”Read More
Cassidy Shibiya of Harrison, OH won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI. Shibiya’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 379 final round entries in the category. Read More
Itching to brew a lager, but can't hit those chilly fermentation temperatures? Look no further than this light-hybrid recipe which makes for a very lager-like Kölsch using only ale yeast. The late Dr. George Fix first presented this recipe in the 1997 Zymurgy Special Issue, and then again in the article "30 Years of AHA and Zymurgy" (November/December 2008 Zymurgy).
Brewer's Comments Fix's opinion on Kölsch is that "slightly bigger is better." From his travels to Cologne, where the style originated, Fix thinks true, commercial examples of Kölsch are hoppier and maltier than described in the AHA style guidelines. Wheat is also an important element for achieving an authentic Kölsch character.
View the Homebrew Recipes archive for past recipes posted to HomebrewersAssociation.org, as well as the Homebrewopedia for a wide selection of recipes, including past National Homebrew Competition winners. Read More
Heath Haynes of Los Angeles, CA, member of the Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club, won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2010 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Minneapolis, MN. Haynes’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 246 final round entries in the category. Read More
Ramon Astamendi of San Diego, CA, member of the QUAFF, won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2007 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Denver, CO. Astamendi’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 238 final round entries in the category. Read More
Paul Long of Newberg, OR, member of the Strange Brew Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2005 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore , MD. Long’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 186 final round entries in the category. Read More