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Cat's Meow Home Brewing 09 Belgian German Scottish

Cat's Meow Home Brewing 09 Belgian German Scottish

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Classification: German ale, Kolsch, all-

Source: Charlie Gow (Charlie.Gow@
f615.n109.z1.fidonet.org), r.c.b., 8/9/94



Here’s the recipe for the Koelsch that took
first place in German Ales/ California
Common at the 1994 HWBTA Nationals.

After several discussions with some
*knowledgeable* brewers, I plan to change
to the hopping profile to only German
noble hops (Hersbrucker & Spalt). The
honey will help dry the beer out, and the
honey “tang” helps give the finished beer a
slightly winy nose and palate.

Big thanks to Dave Brockington, Jim
Busch, and Scott Bickham for the recom-
mended tweaks.


•5.0# D-C Belgian Pilsener Malt
•1.625# D-C Belgian Wheat Malt
•1.0# Ireks German Light Crystal
•.125# Cara-Vienne
•1.25# clover honey (15 minute boil)
•.50 oz. Tettnang (4.3% AA) 60 min.
•.50 oz. Liberty (4.3% AA) 60 min.
•.50 oz. Mt. Hood (4.5% AA) 60 min.
•.50 oz. Tettnang (4.3% AA) 30 min.
•.25 oz. Liberty (4.5% AA) 10 min.
•Wyeast #2565 (Kolsch)


Mash In: 132F

Protein Rest: 30 min @ 124F

Saccharification: 90 min @ 150F

Mash Off: 10 min @ 168F

Sparge to collect 5.75 gallons of sweet
wort (or until SG of runoff is 1.010-1.012).

Boil for 90 minutes. Adding 1.125# clover
honey for the last 15 minutes of the boil.

Force cool to 62F and pitch slurry from
1.25L starter of Wyeast #2565 Kolsch.


•O.G.: 1.050
•F.G.: 1.007
•Primary Ferment: 09 Days @ 62F in
•Secondary Ferment: 10 Days @ 58F in
•Lagered: 14 Days @ 38F

Old Peculier

Classification: old ale, all-grain

Source: Fred Hardy
(fcmbh@access1.digex.net), r.c.b., 8/3/94

This recipe and the description of Old
Peculiar are derived (sometimes copied)
from the bookBrew Your Own Real Ale At
Home, Graham Wheeler and Roger Protz,
CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale), St.
Albans, Herts, Eng., 1993. It is presented
without the consent of the publisher, but
hopefully with their understanding.

“A dark and vinous old ale from Theak-
ston’s Masham brewery in North York-
shire. Toffee and roast malt in the mouth;
deep, bitter sweet finish with delicate hop

AHA Classification: English Old Ale (the
actual starting gravity of this beer is below
the AHA guidelines for this category, but
hey, they’re only guidelines): SG 1060-
1072, IBU 30-40, SRM 10- 16.

Target profile for this recipe: SG 1059, IBU
31.6, SRM 16.8. Published recipe is for 23
litres, and all units are metric. I have con-
verted units to USA system and modified
the recipe to yield 5 US Gallons using my
own Brew design model.


•8 lbs. English 2-row pale malt
•1 lb. English 2-row crystal malt
•2 ozs. black patent malt
•1 lb. Invert Sugar
•1/2 Cup (packed) soft dark brown sugar
for priming
•1 1/4 ozs. Fuggles hop pellets (4.5 alpha
•1 oz. Cascade hop pellets (5.0 alpha
•1 tsp gypsum added to mash water
•1 tsp gypsum added to sparge water
•1/4 tsp Epsom Salts added to kettle
•Wyeast #1968 Special London Ale


Crush all grains and mash into 9 quarts of
brewing water preheated to 130 degrees F.
When grist is thoroughly mixed in with no
dry spots, add 4 quarts of boiling brewing
water and increase mash heat to 152
degrees F. Hold for two hours, stirring and
returning to proper heat every 20 minutes
or so. Mash out at 168 degrees F for 5 min-
utes. Sparge with 4 1/2 gallons of 170
degree F brewing water.

Bring the wort to a boil along with the Cas-
cade hops and 3/4 ounce of the Fuggles
hops. Boil 1 1/2 hours, adding the invert
sugar during the boil. Add the balance of
the Fuggles hops for the last 15 minutes of
the boil. Add Irish moss at the same time if
you choose to use it, though it should not
be necessary in a beer this dark.

Force chill the wort, rack it off of the trub
into the fermenter, pitch the yeast starter
and ferment to completion. Estimated FG
of 1014.

Make up the dark brown sugar with a pint
of water for priming, and bottle the brew.
Sample after two weeks.

Malt Extract Recipe

Substitute 6 3/4 pounds of light dry malt
extract (not Laaglander’s, too dextrinous)
for the pale malt.

Crush the specialty malts and add to 1 1/2
gallons of room temperature brewing
water. turn on heat to high and bring the
water to a boil. As soon as the water boils,
remove it from the heat and remove the
grains (use a grain bag, etc. to help, but get
the grains out). Old Peculiar is a brew with-
out a hint of astringency, and left over
grains may leach tannins when the goods
are returned to a boil.

Add the sugar and DME and stir until they
are completely dissolved. Only then can
you return the wort to the heat, add the Cas-
cade and first batch of Fuggles, and bring
to a boil. Boil 1 hour, adding the last batch
of Fuggles pellets for the last 15 minutes.
Again, Irish moss is optional.

Follow the directions for all grain for fer-
mentation and bottling.

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