Averagely Perfect Kölsch - Poll #1 - ABV

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by VikeMan, Apr 17, 2020.

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What should the target ABV be?

Poll closed Apr 19, 2020.
  1. 4.4

    5.6%
  2. 4.5

    8.3%
  3. 4.6

    5.6%
  4. 4.7

    5.6%
  5. 4.8

    36.1%
  6. 4.9

    2.8%
  7. 5.0

    22.2%
  8. 5.1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 5.2

    13.9%
  1. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (1,957) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    -> The Pre-Poll <- determined that the next Averagely Perfect project will be a Kölsch.

    This is the 8th Averagely Perfect project. If you don't know what these are about, see the thread full of historical thread links at the link below, compiled courtesy of @riptorn:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/commun...merican-brown-how-we-got-there-thread.616216/

    This poll (#1) will determine the ABV target. If you want an ABV higher or lower than the choices listed, write it in.

    When this poll is done, I will look at the data a few different ways to determine if there is a central tendency. It may or may not be as simple as a plurality would indicate. There may or may not be a runoff(s). It depends on the data. I reserve the right to cast (or not) deciding votes to avoid (or not) runoff polls.

    If you have issues with or suggestions for methodologies used in this project, please send them via PM. Let's keep the threads themselves on topic to the question at hand and not about how you would have asked the question differently.

    This poll will be open for 48 hours.
     
  2. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (1,813) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Society Trader

    So is this going to be an average of the votes @VikeMan or si.y whichever abv wins?
     
  3. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (1,957) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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  4. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (1,813) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    So theres gonna be a hat involved? If so my vote is bowler hat.



    I digress. I went back and re read and felt dumb for asking.
     
  5. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Disciple (393) May 2, 2006 Utah

    See Vikeman’s fourth paragraph above.
     
  6. OddNotion

    OddNotion Zealot (584) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey

    Go big or go home! 5.2%
     
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  7. SmittyinUpstate

    SmittyinUpstate Initiate (45) Aug 27, 2015 Arizona

    My Kölsch is fermenting now @63*. Going to come in around 5.8%. Go big bro.
     
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,883) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is that a 'write in' vote?

    Cheers!
     
  9. SmittyinUpstate

    SmittyinUpstate Initiate (45) Aug 27, 2015 Arizona

    Nope, was just sayin....
     
  10. Jasonja1474

    Jasonja1474 Initiate (180) Oct 15, 2018 Tennessee
    Trader

    Looks like my vote came in with most everyone else’s. I just voted based on the ingredients I already purchased so fingers crossed that’s the way we go.
     
  11. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (383) Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan
    Trader

    Any way we can actually make less options? Having a 1% difference in ABV is kinda pointless don’t you think. Considering everyone’s different (or lack of) gear and everything else shouldn’t there maybe be three options as the likelihood of someone actually achieving the exact ABV is somewhat unlikely.? 4%, 4.5%, 5% or something like that? Options that would clearly produce rather different beers.

    edit: Actually looked at the top German references and they’re literally all 4.8. Chuckanut (maybe reference in US) is 5. Exhibit A Is 4.5. Fine Line from Suarez is 4.5 (best I’ve had probably). So 4.5, 4.8, 5.0.
     
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  12. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (1,957) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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  13. Dave_S

    Dave_S Initiate (69) May 18, 2017 England

    4.8 makes sense to me given that a) all the classic examples sit about there and b) it's meant to be a hot weather crushing beer so keeping it fairly light makes a lot of sense.
     
  14. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (1,957) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    After excluding outliers:

    Median: 4.8
    Mode: 4.8
    Mean: 4.86

    With the median and mode both 4.8 and the mean very close to that, it's an easy call for 4.8%. Poll #2 will be up shortly.
     
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