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Old 09-24-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I just brewed a simple hef and am debating pitching now or waiting until the cold break has settled. Or if it even matters. Will be pitching WLP 300.
I brewed this about 4 hours ago and chilled it down to room temp in about 10 minutes.
I will be putting this in my bathtub with frozen water bottles down to about 65, so I'm wondering if I should let it settle out overnight or pitch it now and RDWHAHB. I know hefs are generally turbid so it may not matter as much for hefs, but I was also wondering if the answer changes for other styles of beer.
Also, this looks peculiarly dark for a hef. I only used Breiss Bavarian Wheat DME and a bit of light specialty steeping grains. I added the DME to the last ten minutes of the boil. Is it just the volume of liquid in my 6.5 gal carboy making it look dark?
Here's a pic of the unsettled proteins

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Pitch...the sooner the better

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Old 09-24-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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I shall pitch this eve... After I shower 8-)

Thanks for the prompt replies.

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I just brewed a hefe this weekend, and it looks dark too, a lot like that picture. I have no idea why, but this is only batch #3 for me.

GRAINS
1 lb light Munich Malt, 12 oz Crystal 10L, steeped for 20 minutes at 150F

MALT
3.3 lbs wheat LME, 3 lbs wheat DME, added at the boil

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Old 09-27-2012, 01:46 AM   #6
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I just brewed a hefe this weekend, and it looks dark too, a lot like that picture. I have no idea why, but this is only batch #3 for me.

GRAINS
1 lb light Munich Malt, 12 oz Crystal 10L, steeped for 20 minutes at 150F

MALT
3.3 lbs wheat LME, 3 lbs wheat DME, added at the boil
Now that mine started fermenting (about 40 h later...), it does look lighter. I think a reason may be that my carboy (6.5gal) is large and doesn't allow much light through therefore it appears darker. Even so, it just looks dark. I have a feeling that it will be much lighter when it is bottled.
I'm hoping that's the case with you? How long did you boil the extract? I hear that boiling the extract for a while will cause the wort to darken. I add the extract to the end of the boil and let it boil for a few minutes. Then again, mine apparently appears as dark as yours. Do you have pics? Post your method.
The fermenting wort smells amazing, though. I started fermenting in the mid 60s (clove) and have let it go up to 70 (banana) and back again (I have to put it in my bathtub while at work for 12-14 hours, so it gets up there by the time I get back). Since the yeast and some protein is dissolved it looks lighter, but not what I was expecting.
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It always looks darker in the carboy due to the length/width of liquid you're looking through. In a glass it will be noticeably lighter in color.

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... so I'm wondering if I should let it settle out overnight or pitch it now and RDWHAHB. I know hefs are generally turbid so it may not matter as much for hefs, but I was also wondering if the answer changes for other styles of beer.
It doesn't matter, once active fermentation starts everything inside the fermenter churns at a remarkable rate; it's pretty cool just staring at it while it works its magic.
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I've found the color of the OG in the hydrometer sample is usually about the same as the final product. Fermentation colors in buckets are misleading and always look darker than the expected SRM. Don't know about carboys but suspect the same. The proteins and yeast in suspension will block light and make the fermenting wort look darker than the finished beer.

And yes always pitch as soon as you have lowered wort to desired temp and have aerated.

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:49 AM   #10
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Pitch...the sooner the better
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