Sunday, April 7, 2013
Next Batch: Honey Kolsch
Unfortunately, I was out of Luray honey and had to use the Minnesota variety that was provided in my kit. I consider this one an experiment anyway, since I've never been a kolsch enthusiast.
Now here's the description of the honey kolsch, taken from the Northern Brewer instructions that were provided with the kit:
A variation on our extremely popular Kölsch recipe with
the addition of honey and a new yeast strain for a lighter
body and flavor. Like our original Kölsch kit, this recipe
features a pale color, light body, and smooth mouthfeel.
Honey adds subtle floral character and lightens the body
by fermenting to dryness. Really nice as a summer brew
for barbecues and picnics, or to wean your friends off
watery mass-produced lagers.
I did brew it as a summer brew; it should be in the bottle around May 1, and then ready for drinking in late May. I have a few more recipes queued up for later - including a Saison and a Brown Ale.
Final note on the brewing topic for the day - I ordered some hops rhizomes to try and start in the backyard - two each of Golding, Williamette, and Centinnial. Maybe I will have some home-grown hops to use in this winter's brewing!