Whats happening my fellow brewing maniacs?
Todays post is a grain to glass post on my latest homebrewed beer that me and my man Craig Neuberger call the KV2.
KV2 stands for Kolsch version 2… I know very freaking cleaver we are! Lol
The KV2 is Craig’s recipe with a slight adjustment in the hops by myself…
This recipe calls for 1 oz of Crystal… and I used Hallertau instead…
…not because I had some Arthur Guinness style message from God… but rather I could not source out Crystal here and simply googled a substitute for Crystal hops and Hallertau was the first to pop up.
Craig and I both are digging the Hallertau!
So before we get to the brew and taste test videos…
You maybe asking just what the hell is a Kolsch anyway?
The following is a definition/explanation I stole from Wikipedia (Kolsch Beer)
“Kölsch (German pronunciation: [kœlʃ]) is a beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. It is a clear, top-fermented beer with a bright, straw-yellow hue similar to other beers brewed from mainly Pilsener malt.
Kölsch is warm fermented at around 13 to 21 °C (55 to 70 °F), then conditioned by lagering at cold temperatures. This style of fermentation links Kölsch with some other central northern European beers such as the Altbiers of western Germany and the Netherlands.”
For me a Kolsch is actually one of those unique beers that really does not fit into one category or another.
In this case some think it is a lager and there is good reason for that, when in fact it is actually an Ale.
My favorite watering hole has a Kolsch on tap and any time I bring in a non craft beer drinker that is the beer I suggest they try as it is the closest to the commercial style lagers on the market, but still has a very nice craft beer taste.
Kolschs are brewed using Ale yeast… at the typical ale fermenting temperature… however some brewers will then cold condition them as a lager.
As you will see in my videos, I did not cold condition this Kolsch as a lager. I did cold crash this beer for about 4 – 5 days in the fridge, which helped create a very clear beer.
So enjoy the shows… and if you want to brew this Kolsch yourself, I highly recommend it and I have put a link to the KV2 recipe at the end of this blog post!
Brewing a Kolsch with Big Robb
Taste Test of the KV2 Kolsch with Big Robb
So there you have it…
I give this beer a solid 4.5 out of 5 on the Big Robb scale…
… I really dig this Kolsch and will be brewing it up again very very soon.
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If you want to brew this beer you can get the recipe here: Kolsch recipe
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Cheers… Big Robb is ouutt!