Kolsch yeast for IPA?

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Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby StevieDS » Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:40

Next week I'm brewing my first kolsch, I have a pack of Wyeast 2565 for it and I've been contemplating harvesting some of the starter to use in an American style IPA which I'm brewing a few weeks later. Has anyone tried this or is there any reason why this is a bad idea?

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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby serum » Tue Aug 23, 2016 13:02

It'll be nice and clean. It's meant to be the nuts for a Biere de garde though too. Save some and try it!

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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Aug 23, 2016 14:01

I've used Kölsch yeast for a pale, kind of a weaker IPA really, and it turned out nice. It's a fast fermenter too - impressive. I liked the Whitelabs one best as it was cleaner (less esters than the Wyeast one imo).

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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby StevieDS » Tue Aug 23, 2016 14:37

serum wrote:It's meant to be the nuts for a Biere de garde though too. Save some and try it!

Good thinking, a biere de garde is on the brew list, I'll be sure to harvest some for that.

HTH1975 wrote:I've used Kölsch yeast for a pale, kind of a weaker IPA really, and it turned out nice. It's a fast fermenter too - impressive. I liked the Whitelabs one best as it was cleaner (less esters than the Wyeast one imo).

Yeah I've heard the whitelabs is a bit cleaner, but good to know it works in a pale ale :thumb:

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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby wezzel » Tue Aug 23, 2016 19:33

I made a blonde ale with WLP029 and it turned out cracking. I used American hops but kept the IBU's down to the low 20's and fermented it cool.


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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby robwalker » Tue Aug 23, 2016 20:48

Sounds nice! Do it!
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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby f00b4r » Tue Aug 23, 2016 21:20

Here is the White Labs yeast settle chart. WLP029 is pretty versatile, not sure if there is an equivalent for Wyeast.
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Re: Kolsch yeast for IPA?

Postby StevieDS » Wed Aug 24, 2016 19:18

f00b4r wrote:Here is the White Labs yeast settle chart. WLP029 is pretty versatile, not sure if there is an equivalent for Wyeast.

Thanks for that link, the WLP029 apparently is good for an American IPA so this is happening. I know the Wyeast 2565 isn't identical but it's close enough.

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