Clibit
Tonight I've bottled the batch I did at the brewing demo in Wales a couple of weeks ago. Got 6 litres bottled, FG was 1.006 so Attenuation was 86% (CML Kolsch yeast).  It's a surprisingly dark red colour! I think I may have tipped a bit more than 20g black malt in. 

I primed this beer to 2.0 volumes CO2 with brewing sugar. 
Interestingly, I didn't use Irish moss, or cold crash the beer, but it went into the bottles looking pretty clear. This yeast seems to flocculate, and attenuate, well. 

I never got an OG reading but was aiming for 1044. If I got 1044, then the attenuation was about 86%. Have others got anything like that with this yeast? Recipe was...


6 litres
OG 1044
FG 1006
IBUs 36
ABV 5%
Colour 35 EBC

1kg pale malt
100g pale crystal
20g black malt

6g Brewers Gold @ 30
6g Columbus @ 15
8g Brewers Gold @ 0
4g Columbus @ 0

CML Kolsch yeast

IMG_20171002_224452803.jpg
Quote 1 0
Clibit
Having one of these, it's not a bad little beer. The CML kolsch yeast has done a good job, it's pretty clean and no off flavours. There's some malt flavour but the principle flavours are from the Brewer's Gold and Columbus hops - fruity, earthy and dank. It's fairly bitter, and it's dry - maybe a bit less bitterness would improve it a tad. Not bad for a makeshift recipe. The picture doesn't show how crystal clear this beer is. It's a good dry yeast this in my opinion, will use it again when I want a clean ale yeast with high attenuation that clears incredibly well.

Edit - It's not balanced, the dry/bitter thing dominates a bit too much. I like the beer, but it would be better if I'd kept the bitterness down to counteract the dryness, I reckon. I wasn't expecting such a low FG, not used the yeast before, plus the mash was lower temperature than planned, and longer, outdoors and focusing on talking.

IMG_20171021_183330753.jpg
Quote 0 0
Clibit
Well I've had a couple of bottles of this sat at the back of my fridge, lagering! And I have had a bottle tonight and it was great. Less bitter, nice and clean, just right. A sort of hoppy amber lager. From a thrown together recipe and long breaks between brewing stages, the drive home from mid Wales, and a long cold conditioning, has emerged a really good beer. I've learnt some stuff too...

- The kolsch yeast is very good, will use it again for sure.
- The hopping is great, really nice flavour from the Brewers Gold and Columbus. Maybe increase late hops and dry hop for more aroma.
- Good malt base too. Could stand more crystal, for extra sweetness.
- mash was really long, probably explains high attenuation. Shorter mash would help reduce the dryness of the finish.

Could well repeat this, maybe drop the IBUs a bit so it's less bitter from the outset. But it's good as it is, simple brew, good result.
Quote 0 0
GHW
Interesting sounding brew that seems to ahve benefitted from being left alone for a bit. I guess that’s what lagers are about!
Nice colour to it.
Quote 0 0
Clibit
GHW wrote:
Interesting sounding brew that seems to ahve benefitted from being left alone for a bit. I guess that’s what lagers are about! Nice colour to it.



Not a true lager obviously but has a lager character to it, thanks to the kolsch yeast and the long spell in the fridge. 
Quote 0 0
HisDudeness
Similar experience with the kolsch yeast, strong attenuator and drops nice and clear. I am planning on testing it in a few different styles as well (only used it for kolsch style brews so far)
Quote 0 0
Hops_and_Dreams
Sounds nice. I've not tried a Kolsch yeast yet, I was planning to in the summer. What's the difference against US-05?
Quote 0 0
Clibit
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:
Sounds nice. I've not tried a Kolsch yeast yet, I was planning to in the summer. What's the difference against US-05?


Good question. Similar but definitely different. Kolsch feels closer to lager to me, US05 is definitely an ale yeast. Different texture. I think the US05 is less neutral, and I also thinks it has a distinctive, creamy mouthfeel  (US05). Words don't really explain it, you need to try both. 
Quote 0 0
Hops_and_Dreams
Clibit wrote:


Good question. Similar but definitely different. Kolsch feels closer to lager to me, US05 is definitely an ale yeast. Different texture. I think the US05 is less neutral, and I also thinks it has a distinctive, creamy mouthfeel  (US05). Words don't really explain it, you need to try both. 

That's sort of what I was hoping you would say! Will definitely give it a go.
Quote 1 0
Pinto
Clibit wrote:


Good question. Similar but definitely different. Kolsch feels closer to lager to me, US05 is definitely an ale yeast. Different texture. I think the US05 is less neutral, and I also thinks it has a distinctive, creamy mouthfeel  (US05). Words don't really explain it, you need to try both. 


I think US-05 will probably get the hump if you try to ferment it at 15 degrees too [rofl]
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
Quote 0 0