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Old 07-09-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default Adding Color to beer during fermentation - Black IPA not Black

Just brewed a Black IPA yesterday and it looks more dark brown than black. Is there anyway to darken the beer during fermentation or after fermentation? Any additives out there that will darken it up?

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Old 07-09-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Look up sinmar

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Old 07-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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http://www.williamsbrewing.com/4-OZ-SINAMAR-NATURAL-BEER-COLORING-P2651.aspx
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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Or just suck it up and say you made an Imperial Brown. My third batch and first recipe of my own was for a red ale, but it ended up an amber ale instead. It still ended up being one of my better beers.

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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rebrew the batch and use some midnight wheat

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:33 PM   #6
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I just made an Imperial Black IPA (IBIPA?). I used chocolate wheat to get to 55 SRM. I milled that wheat to flour. It's black now, I don't expect it to get any lighter. High hopes for this beer. If it turns out, I'll post the recipe.

To the OP, I'd second the sinamar idea. That should do it. Does Beersmith have that in the ingredients somewhere?

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:41 PM   #7
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or this

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Briess-Maltoferm-Black-Malt-DME-%28by-the-Pound%29.html
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:46 PM   #8
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Huh, I'd never heard of that product. It's good to know. I suspect any flavor contribution will be different from sinmar, though (not that it's a bad thing).
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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I have enjoyed the BIPAs I have tried but it has been a while. I am not sure if the blackness is connected with characteristic flavor of darker malts, or as the Sinamar sales pitch implies just add malt based dye to get the look you want out of your IPA?

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:54 PM   #10
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I would leave it be and see how the finished product comes out. Next time you can tweak the recipe to try to get what you're after. You're still going to end up with beer and chances are you'll end up with good beer. I brewed what was supposed to be an Imperial Red IPA, but I used a few too many dark grains and ended up with what can best be described as an Imperial "Murky" IPA. The beer is still good, but I know next time around I'll be rethinking my grain bill.

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