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This balanced and clean ale yeast is of course great for Altbier and Kölsch production, but also for a wide range of beers including Blond ales, American Wheat, Berliner Weisse, Gose, and anywhere a clean fermentation is desired. Extended chilling or filtration is suggested to obtain clear beer.
Brewing Properties of Kolsch Ale
The functional properties of brewing yeasts have a direct impact on the performance, quality and economics of the resulting beer.
The alcohol tolerance determines the ABV at which yeast cells go dormant and stop fermenting.
Attenuation refers to the percentage of sugars converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide, as measured by specific gravity.
Flocculation refers to the tendency of yeast to form clumps called "flocs" that drop in order to make the beer clear.
The optimal temperature is the range in which the yeast performs best without putting off any off-flavors. Pitching the yeast into wort usually happens at the low end of the temperature range.
Common Beer Styles using Kolsch Ale
These are the most popular beer styles that make use of the Kolsch Ale yeast:
Blonde ales, American Wheat, Berliner Weisse & Gose
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