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Old 01-17-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Did my pale ale turn out to dark?

Hey guys this isn't a post promoting my blog or website, it's just easier to post you a link there with the pictures of my pale ale. I need some expert home brew advice on how my pale ale turned out

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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It certainly looks dark. Posting your recipe will certainly help us figure out where you went wrong. Without any additional info, I'd guess you had too much specialty grain.

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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no, its not too dark. more depth makes it look darker, but even then its not too dark to be a pale ale.

btw, in the future i wouldnt waste your time racking to a secondary for a week if you're kegging. your keg is basically your secondary

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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Is it a Pale Ale or an IPA?

American Pale Ale ranges from 5-14srm
American IPA 6-15
Belgian Pale Ale 8-14
English IPA 8-14
ESB 6-18

It is hard to tell exactly from your photo but it looks as if you are right at about 13-14SRM and I would say if you were over it isn't by much. Definitley not dark enough to be a CDA

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BJCP- Appearance: Pale golden to deep amber.
I guess this is "deep amber" which would be okay

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/e...tract-kit.html

this is the extract kit i used

I think mine falls around 10SRM range.
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/e...tract-kit.html

this is the extract kit i used

I think mine falls around 10SRM range.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:57 PM   #8
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Yours does look like it'll be darker than the pic at NB. Late extract additions will help that.
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Hah, I have a beer in a demijohn that has that colour and in the UK the product would be classified as 'golden'! The ones that I'd say are on the amber / copper side of the pale ale or bitter range usually look brown in a vessel of that size.

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The thing to remember here is that once the yeast & trub settle out,the beer will look darker.
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