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kolsch redux, homebrewer workshop

Friday, February 11th, 2011

last weekend I threw together a variation of my kolsch and had a new homebrewer, BB, over to help out with his first batch.

  • I recommended williams’ kolsch as a first-time brew due to its straightforward recipe and my luck brewing it in the past.
  • as for my all-grain version, I changed up my standard recipe to knock out some of my hop stock:
  • 0.50 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 2.56 %
    14.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 71.79 %
    5.00 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 25.64 %
    ~1.00 oz each
    HG Chinook, Columbus [?.00 %] (60 min) Hops 25.8 IBU
    ~1.00 oz each
    EKG, Saaz [X.00 %] (15 min) Hops 3.6 IBU
    1.00 oz Fuggle[X.00 %] (5 min) Hops 1.4 IBU
  • my brew setup must have been jinxed, because despite adding a healthy dose of rice hulls my mash got stuck again.  I swapped my false bottom (which I think is just too small for my mash tun) for a stainless braid, which I will keep in there for the time being while I ponder a suitable replacement (a jaybird custom false bottom? a reinforced braid setup?).
  • I also found some time to keg the eventful batch of hybrid stout while waiting for my wort to cool.
  • BB’s brew was smooth sailing as well, albeit with a few hiccups (a last-minute hop substitution and tossing the hops in his better bottle).  I got an excited phone message the next night describing the miracle of fermentation and a vigorously bubbling airlock.
  • I wish I could say the same for my batch.  my starter smelled buttery/malty, and after two days no activity was evident.
  • luckily I had a couple of packets of dry yeast (safale US-05 and S-04) that I tossed into each keg, which kicked off fermentation in a matter of hours.  I was more than a little bummed about the forced style change though…