How long to leave kolsch

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How long to leave kolsch

Post by m_rawdin » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:29 pm

I am going to be brewing a Kolsch soon but was wondering how long I should leave it in the corny keg before its at its best to drink?
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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by Hanglow » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:23 pm

From Kunze, he says to lager @ 4 to 5 degrees C for 40 to 60 days or at 0 to 1 degrees C for 14 to 40 days .

Not that I've brewed one yet so can't comment from personal experience :)
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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by IPA » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:18 am

m_rawdin wrote:I am going to be brewing a Kolsch soon but was wondering how long I should leave it in the corny keg before its at its best to drink?
Graham Wheeler in his European Beers book says 3-6 weeks at 4 degrees C.
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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by windrider » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:44 pm

You want to drink Kolsch fresh, so anything from 2-3 weeks (onwards) is fine. Having just brewed my 3rd batch this is one of my favourite styles to brew! :D

Just sent a Kolsch to a competition which will be 16 weeks old by the time its judged. Will be interesting to see how it scores as I think it's past its best.

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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by alix101 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:28 am

There's no need to lager a kolsch.
I generally leave it to ferment for 3 weeks at 17c and crash cool for the last 2 days ....
As long as you've left it long enough to clear any possible diacetyl you can't go wrong oh and clarity.
It's an excellent strain of yeast and some yeast flavours are desirable. ..sulphur and a slight fruity ester...
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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by Hanglow » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:06 am

Surely then it wouldn't be a Kolsch style beer? as it's a top fermented lager beer :) Although I'm sure it would taste fine
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How long to leave kolsch

Post by mosquat » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:07 pm

Made it once recently and left it for a month at around 3c. It genuinely turned out great and will make it again. However opinion on the topic of lagering is changing, I think there's potential to follow alix101's advice. I would definitely try to crash at 0c or a touch below if you can so you get it crystal clear.

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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by alexlark » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:37 pm

Check out Brulosophy's quick lagering method. That will get you thinking.

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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by tuffty22 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:12 pm

"Check out Brulosophy's quick lagering method. That will get you thinking."

I have done this twice now and no ill effects, would thoroughly recommend. I did feel however the 2 weeks from grain to glass was pushing it, the beer was at its best in my opinion from week 4 onwards.

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Re: How long to leave kolsch

Post by alexlark » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:06 pm

The comments on their site more or less agree with you. I've got a Kolsch fermenting now, 3 days in following their Kolsch profile.

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