Shade Tree Kolsch

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PROFILE:

A great warm season beer to cool down with, Kolsch is a style that is coming on strong, and here's a tasty rendition. Brew it when it's cool, drink it when it's hot! Clean, crisp and refreshing, with a balanced malt and noble hop character, this is a great choice for a sunny day outdoors, or even a night in.

FOR FANS OF:

Summertime - Goose Island Brewing
California Kolsch - Ballast Point Brewing

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 Packet Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast
  • 1 BrewMax DME Softpack - Pale
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.042(approx.) -- FG: 1.011(approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.2%
  • SRM (Color): 3
  • IBU (Bitterness): 27
  • BJCP Style: 5. Pale Bitter Eurpoean Beer - 5B. Kolsch

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 3 - 6 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

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Shade Tree Kolsch Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 Packet Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast
  • 1 BrewMax DME Softpack - Pale
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.042(approx.) -- FG: 1.011(approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.2%
  • SRM (Color): 3
  • IBU (Bitterness): 27
  • BJCP Style: 5. Pale Bitter Eurpoean Beer - 5B. Kolsch

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 3 - 6 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER.

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet (not needed for this recipe) from under the lid of the Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Open the DME, and SLOWLY sprinkle the contents into the mixture, stirring briskly to prevent clumping. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat.
    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract, and pour the contents into the hot mixture. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
    4. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
    5. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
    6. Sprinkle ONLY the Safale US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
    7. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 59° and 71.6° F (15°-22° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.
    8. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

    Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

balanced-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 4.2%
SRM (color): 3
IBU (Bitterness): 27
Shade Tree Kolsch is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Patience rewarded I have started using an old refrigerator with an external variable thermostat to make a lagering tank. I was amazed at how fast and how active the fermentation was using the Saflager Dry Lager yeast compared with the liquid lager yeast I used in two other LBK's at the same time. I left the fermentation continue at 52-55 degrees for 21 days. I bottled it and returned it to 55 degrees for carbonation. The final product is a dry, strong and tasty brew before aging. I will definitely make this again. The only issue I have with lagers is that I hate wasting a sample multiple times with each specific gravity measurement -- so now I just let a lager go for at least three weeks before measuring.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great taste but to bitter. This recipe has a good flavor and body. It is a little to bitter for me.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious Brew Not expecting this to taste as good and true to style as it did. Full flavor but not overwhelming. I did add one booster to make the ABV a bit closer to my favorite beer I drank in Cologne. I lest it condition for a full 4 weeks. I have a few Mr. Beer styles I prefer over this, but I will be making this again in the near future.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth as a summer breeze This is a great beer to drink with friends at a cookout or maybe a poker game. It is very smooth and easy to drink. seems to condition quickly, and is a great hot weather brew. Only negative I can think of is the flavor is not real overpowering, might want to consider adding a fruit(raspberry?)
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coffee Kolsch Made a Creamy Caramel and Hazelnut Cold Brew and mixed with this beer, this is my best brew yet. 1/4 cup of each in 64 ounces of water, cold brewed overnight, then 24 hours in beer stored in fridge overnight. Super taste....
Date published: 2017-12-10
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