White Labs German Ale / Kolsch Yeast (WLP029)


Originally from 'a small brewpub in Koln,' White Labs WLP029 is somewhat a of a hybrid product. Think Lager-like ale yeast and that about fits it. This yeast is best employed in lighter beers like Kolsch, blonde, and wheat. Another option is a darker beer like the Altbier style. WLP029 accentuates hop flavors while leaving just a bit of sweetness and, overall, produces a very clean beer. There is a sulfur aroma produced during fermentation that dissipates over time.
Reoports are that this yeast ferments poorly below 63 degrees. I have fermented it a 64, and this seems to be a good temperature.
A good technique to use with this yeast is to brew a light blonde or wheat beer to build up your yeast count then use that yeast to brew a Kolsch.


Typical Use : Kolsch, Blonde, Alt beers
Flocculation : Medium
Attenuation 75%
Ideal Temperatures : 64° to 69°

All Grain Recipe - Kolsch ::: 1.048/1.012 (5 Gal)

Grain Bill

9 lbs. - Pilsner Malt (German if you have it)
1/2 lb. - Munich Malt (Light, 10L)
1/2 lb. - Wheat Malt

Hop Schedule (14 IBU)

3/4 oz - Northern Brewer (60 Min.)
1/4 oz - Northern Brewer (30 Min.)
- OR -
1.75 oz - Hallertauer (60 Min.)


White Labs German Ale / Kolsch (WLP029) - 1800 ml starter


Mash at 152° for 30 min.
Sparge as usual
Boil for 60 minutes
Cool and ferment at 64° to 69° - NOT below 63

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