Son of a Sofa King Kolsch

All Grain Recipe

Submitted By: Domes (Shared)
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Brewer: Uncle Mickey
Batch Size: 5.00 galStyle: Kolsch ( 6C)
Boil Size: 6.00 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 3.2 SRMEquipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)
Bitterness: 26.7 IBUsBoil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.043 (10.7° P)Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Est FG: 1.007 SG (1.8° P)Fermentation: My Aging Profile
ABV: 4.7%Taste Rating: 38.0

Amount Name Type #
7 lbs 8.00 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 1
1 lbs 4.00 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2
0.50 oz Sorachi Ace [11.1%] - Boil 60 min Hops 3
0.25 oz Sorachi Ace [11.1%] - Boil 30 min Hops 4
0.25 oz Sorachi Ace [11.1%] - Boil 0 min Hops 5
1 pkgs German Ale/Kolsch (White Labs #WLP029) Yeast 6
8.00 oz Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 7

Taste Notes

Decent beer but has a bready aftertaste. Prefer the Wyeast Kolsch to this one. Not sure about Sorachi Ace because there was no taste. Could probably use Saaz without a problem.


First starter with my new stir plate. Added 400 ml. water to 2.0 oz. of light DME. Mashed grains in at 155.5 deg. and it settled at 150.3 deg. Mashed for 75 min. and mashed out at 168 deg. for 10 min. Remove bag and tested the OG. It was 1.020 at 162 deg. which is 1.043. That's far too much water though. Ended up with about 6 gallons. However, boiled for 15 min. and then started the hopping so it seems to have come out right. Very, very pale color. OG 1.046. First time using my new oxygen tank. Used in for 90 seconds. At 12 hours, it had a 1/4 inch thick beautiful white krausen on topp. At 24 hours, it's kickin' almost continuously. Color after two days is almost a birght yellow. This will be a pale beer. Fermentation slowed after three days. Transferred after a week. FG 1.010. Very strange aftertaste. Almost like a baked cookie. Not really pleasant. Could this be the sulfur they spoke of? Hope it fades. Still bready. Not sure if it's the hops or the yeast or the malt. Not bad though. Try different hops and the Wyeast Kolsch. Added 4 pds. of strawberries to one half of the batch for 2.5 weeks. Bottled on 6/23/2010. The strawberry Kolsch is aweful. Funny odor and strange taste. I wonder if it's infected.