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Kolsch Ale - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
KIT230
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Description

A German Lager/Ale that is traditional made in Köln Germany. Ideally this kit requires fermentation between 58 - 64F followed by cold aging for several weeks, it is a very tasty summer brew. Blond color, low hop bitterness, smooth flavor - grab a few bottles and head for the pool. This kit includes 4 pound of our MoreBeer German Pilsner liquid malt extract for authentic pils type flavor and 2 pounds of Cooper DME to give a more complex malt flavor to this light beer style. Also comes with 4 ounces of Dextrin powder to boost mouthfeel.

Makes 5 gallons
Estimated Original Gravity:1.042-44
SRM (Color Range): 5.5
IBU's: 29-31
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4%


Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

Item # KIT230
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 8LBS
ABV %4
IBU23
SRM6
Beer StyleBlonde & Kolsch
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentLow (3-5%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range55-63
Brewing MethodExtract
Pre-MilledY
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Want to try something different from all the heavy ales I’ve been making
Scott C on Mar 27, 2018
Been to Germany love the beer
Matthew f on Jan 22, 2018
Want to try something different from all the heavy ales I’ve been making
Scott C on Mar 27, 2018
I want a lighter beer once in a while
Clinton L on Mar 20, 2018
Been to Germany love the beer
Matthew f on Jan 22, 2018
Makes a great base for a cranberry beer!
Adam L on Jan 22, 2018
I like lagers but do not have controlled temperature fermentation, so low bitter ales seem like a good choice. - it will be my third batch of home brew.
Paul Korinko on Jan 15, 2018
I want a lighter beer once in a while
Clinton L on Mar 20, 2018
Makes a great base for a cranberry beer!
Adam L on Jan 22, 2018
Reviews

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A very light but very tasty brew
The Kolsch is refreshing would and did buy another one..Would suggest everyone buy this product
April 3, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
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Tried it, didn't love the result. Kind of bland.
February 6, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
my friends wanted more
This is the best extract beer of the 10 or so I've made so far. The steeping grains add some freshness and character. The dextrin gives it a nice mouthfeel. It's a really delicious beer. Lots of flavor yet very drinkable.

Mine came out with a very slight banana-bread fragrance and a bit of vanilla-like flavor. Very pleasant but I think it's not supposed to be there in a K?_lsch style beer. Probably because I pitched the yeast at around 80F (it was a hot day!) before cooling to around 62F. Next time I'll try getting the wort cooler before pitching.

There was a little bit of harshness that seemed to be reduced by lagering. Problem was, I couldn't keep myself and my friends from drinking it long enough to lager more than a couple weeks.

I used the white labs K?_lsch yeast WLP029. I've read that there can be sulfur smell while this yeast is fermenting but I didn't get any of that. It was pleasantly fragrant the whole time.
August 18, 2015
Good for summer
Brewed this and several other styles for a seafood boil party and the crowd complimented me on this beer in particular. It is a crisp summer beer and went well with the seafood. Seemed a little heavier than a true Kolsch, but still a good all around beer. I may try the all grain version next time.
May 6, 2015
Not bad, but it didn't really taste like a Kolsch to me.
I brewed the extract version of this recipe, but it really didn't taste like a Kolsch to me. I've brewed other recipes that had additional specialty malts (1/4 lb Vienna Malt and 1/4 lb Wheat Malt), as well as Tettnanger instead of Perle. I have a feeling the additional malts reminded me of what I tasted in Cologne.
April 15, 2015
First homebrew
Got this with basic equipment kit for one Christmas. Sat in storage for years with the kit until I was shamed into making it. Had to buy new yeast but the steeping grains held up well. It had mild cheesy overtonesmaybe due to age of kit? At the time, I thought it was the best beer in the world. Color in the picture is somewhat off.
May 16, 2014
easy to brew
was one of my first brews and it came out excellent, smooth and very spritzy
May 2, 2014
It's a kolsch
Made the ale extract version. It's just a nice drinkable brew.
August 24, 2013
Easy Beer to Drink and Make
I've gotten many compliments on the beer and my friends are asking for more. The beer was very easy to brew and the instructions very straight forward. I'll brew again, especially for the summer nights.

May 29, 2013
Nice drinkable beer for summer. Easy to make, if a tad boring.
As I am very limited in my brewing equipment, I am always on the look out for nice, light, extract-based ales. All-grain and lagering is unfortunately out of the question for me. This beer fit the bill nicely- a simple, drinkable beer for summer. This batch was very popular and went quickly.

I used a white labs kolsch yeast for this brew. Brewday was very straightforward.

My only complaint was I personally found it a bit boring. It didn't balance drinkability and flavor quite as well as some of the great commercial kolsch beers I've tried. Nevertheless, it was well liked by the masses.
May 6, 2013