Just about a year ago I did a write up on my new favorite Kolsch yeast, Wyeast 2565.
The beer I brewed at that time, May The Kolsch Be With You, was my second iteration of a Kolsch homebrew recipe. That beer was delicious! Probably one of the better beers that I brewed, but it still wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be.
Not one to be content, I decided to tweak things ever so slightly to get it just right. The result is now my go to Kolsch recipe.
May The Kolsch Be With You
I wanted to share this recipe because I think it’s so damn good. If you’re looking for a homebrew Kolsch recipe, give this one a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|3.2 gal||60 min||26.5 IBUs||2.8710639||1.047||1.009||5.1 %|
|Pilsner Malt (Avangard)||6 lbs||96|
|Wheat - White Malt (Briess)||4 oz||4|
|Tettnang||1.5 oz||60 min||First Wort||Pellet||2.7|
|Tettnang||0.5 oz||15 min||Boil||Pellet||2.7|
|Kolsch Yeast (2565)||Wyeast Labs||75%||56°F - 64°F|
Ca 52 | Mg 5 | Na 0 | So4 53 | Cl 68
This is a very simplistic homebrew recipe. Pilsner and Wheat malt make up the grain bill. Tettnang is the sole hop, and of course you’ll want to use a Kolsch yeast.
I like my Kolsch was some mild fruity esters, so I use Wyeast 2565 Kolsch yeast.
In my opinion, the key to brewing the perfect Kolsch is using the proper yeast and the right fermentation temperature.
I fermented this batch at 60 degrees Fahrenheit in my fermentation chamber for 5 days before slowly ramping up the temperature. Once it hit 65 degrees Fahrenheit, on day 7, I let it sit for another 3 days before kegging.
I wouldn’t change a thing.
Unfortunately with this batch I wasn’t able to cold crash before kegging. Kind of lost my fermentation chamber to something called Covid-19 before I was able to finish up this beer.
As you can see by the picture, it cleared up rather nicely after a few weeks.
So what was the final verdict?
A very clean and refreshing beer, that was perfectly balanced. Just the right amount of fruity esters that gave it that classic Kolsch taste.
Hope you give this Kolsch homebrew recipe a shot.