Homebrew Recipe: Kölsch, Springtime’s True Delight

A Kölsch is an ale that is light, crisp, and great to drink. I think of a kölsch as a great springtime drink, cool and refreshing, clear, malty, and with a definite but not overpowering hoppy flavor. This is a pretty simple homebrew recipe, using  some grains, but relying mostly on malt extracts. This is a great, refreshing homebrew and will make you the popular house on the block on those warm spring nights.

Ingredients:
Malt Extract:
3.3 pounds pilsen malt extract, 2.0 pounds wheat DME
Specialty Grain: 12 oz. Carapils
Bittering Hops: 2.0 ounces Hallertau (60 minutes)
Aroma Hops: 1.0 ounces Hallertau (10 minutes)

Directions:
Steep 12 ounces milled Carapils malt in two gallons of water for 20 minutes between 160 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit. When the time is up, pour the liquid through a sieve to remove the grain and hulls. If the grains are boiled they can leach tannins into the wort, which will produce undesired flavors in your beer. Discard the grain or compost it.

Bring the wort to a boil. At the same time, let the cans of extract sit in hot tap water so they will be easy to pour.

Add the warmed syrup to the boiling water, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Bring the kettle back to a boil and add 2.0 ounces Hallertau hops in the wort for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, add the two pounds of dry malt extract. Stir thoroughly so the dry powder is mixed well into the wort. You may have to stir rapidly with a whisk to get the lumps out of the liquid.

Return to a boil for 5 minutes.

Add 1.0 ounces Hallertau hops for flavoring and boil ten minutes more.

Cool the brew pot by placing it in a sink full of ice. Do not add ice directly to the wort.

Pour the cooled wort into your sanitized fermenter, top up to five gallons, and when it has reached 75 degrees or cooler, pitch the yeast.

5 comments for “Homebrew Recipe: Kölsch, Springtime’s True Delight

  1. Matt G
    April 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    is there a reason for adding the DME later in the boil and not at the same time as the LME?

    • Carl
      April 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Matt. Good question. I do not know enough about the chemistry, but I would guess it has to do with the difference between wheat and barley malt, and how the process of making wheat DME processes the malt. In short, I do not know for sure. Either a wheat-barley difference or a LME-DME difference. I do know that generally when I use DME it is a short boiling. For example, when I make a yeast starter, I boil the DME for 20 minutes and get a 1.040 solution.

      Sorry I can’t shed any real knowledge on this.

  2. Mark
    May 18, 2013 at 6:42 am

    All I can see the mid-boil DME addition doing is changing your hops utilization. Maybe a small amount of caramelization loss?

    • Ivan
      January 21, 2014 at 12:04 am

      From what i understand, adding dme late in the boil is so that dme does not carmelize and darken your ale. Which is useful, if making a brew that is light or gold in color example a kolsch. Longer boil dme it darkens

      • Carl
        January 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

        Hi Ivan. Thanks for your comment. That makes sense. I had not thought about that aspect before!

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