True to Style Köln Kölsch Recipe


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Kolsch is a deliciously straight forward ale that is perfect for any occasion. It’s origins are from the German river city of Köln. After the second world war, the city adopted Kölsch as THEIR city’s specific style of beer. Pale by nature – not sweet but not too bitter – this golden/yellow beer is considered an ale (due to the top fermenting yeast used) but you do want to lager it after fermentation in order to achieve the clear and balanced flavor that has made kölsch famous.

If you’re not new here and you’re no stranger to my personal obsession with this style, I welcome you too and I hope that you enjoy James’s recipe as much as I have over the past several years.

All ingredients below can be purchased at MoreBeer!’s website

TTS Köln Kölsch (5 Gallon)

Grains / Additions
Hop Schedule
• 8 lbs Pilsen Malt
• 1 lb Vienna Malt
• .5 lb Caravienne
• 60 min 1oz Hallertau IMPERIAL G03 DIETER
By the Numbers

OG: 1.046   FG: 1.010  ABV: 4.5%   IBUs 22

Mash Temp: 152°
Mash Time: 60 min
Boil Time: 60 min
Primary Ferm Temp: 65-68°

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