Brewday 16: Kolsch

Brewed on 02/02/2014

This first Brew of 2014 and it took me until February to do it? Shocking… Anyway after a winter of drinking Stouts, Porters and other dark beers I was really craving for something light, golden and tasty! Kolsch is a German style, fermented like a bitter in the warm but then conditioned like a Lager in the cold. The result should be a light golden colour, decent hop flavour and limited bitterness. Perfect for the sunny Spring we’re going to have, right?!


  • 2kg Wheat Malt
  • 0.35kg Munich Malt
  • 0.2kg Vienna Malt
  • 1kg Cara-Pils
  • 2kg Pilsner Malt
  • 30g Styrian Goldings @ 90mins
  • 15g Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 30 mins
  • 15g Saaz @ 5 mins
  • 15g Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 1 min
  • 15g Saaz @ 1 min
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
  • 1 pkt Safale S-04 yeast


Everything went nice and simple on this brewday, an 80 minute mash at 68C followed by 10 minutes at 76C to mashout followed by two batch sparges and I was left with approximately 32.5l in the boiler ready for the hops. The 90 minute boil also went without issue and finished with an OG of 1.051 (bang on target) and, once the S-04 yeast does its thing, a target ABV of 5.1%. Perfect for a lazy evening in the sun!

No photos from this brewday unfortunately, I was too busy making sure everything went to plan!


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