Grain to Glass Kolsch KV2

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… Brewing a Kolsch

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.[1] 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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