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Old 06-06-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default Trying to get color of beer lighter in color...Any Advice?

Hey everyone, working on my 8th batch of homebrew now and I am consistently running into the problem of the finished color of the beer being to dark. While reading posts, I seem to see alot of members mentioning that boiling the LME for 60 min willcause this.

Well the instructions for every kit say to boil the LME for 60 min. Does anyone have advice on how to get the beer lighter in color?

Alot of folks Ive let taste my homebrews are unattracted to trying the beer because they do not want to try something that is so dark. Right now Im brewing NB Honeyweizen and NB Cream Ale, color looks good but once I bottle im worried I will run into the same situation as before, a beer that is darker in color then the picture.

Any advice would be great. Thanks

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Old 06-06-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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Boil the hops, not the extract. Look up "late extract addition", it is a rather simple process of adding most of the extract with little time left in the boil or even after flameout.

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Boil the hops, not the extract. Look up "late extract addition", it is a rather simple process of adding most of the extract with little time left in the boil or even after flameout.
+1 when I use LME, I add the bulk of it with fifteen mins left in the boil. It won't caramelize this way. It will definitely lower the srm of your beer. It also allows your boil hops to utilize better due to a thinner boil. And IMO, will add a little bit of depth to your malt flavor.
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If you do the late addition it will change the final product. If you like the way that it tastes you might want to think twice about changing the recipe. I agree that you are looking at a caramelization issue. I have had the same issue on occasion. AG helps the problem. Try Alexanders Pale as far as I know it is the lightest LME but again you have a change in recipe issue. If your friends don't like the color of your beer...just more for you.

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are you doing a full boil. boiling only 2.5 gallons and then topping off at the end will cause that

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Yes, I follow the instructions and boil 2.5 gallons, then top off. Is there another way to complete the boil, and if so, how?

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Boil the hops, not the extract. Look up "late extract addition", it is a rather simple process of adding most of the extract with little time left in the boil or even after flameout.
i used to add the LME with 15 mins. left when i did partial boils.
should i do the same now that i do full boils or still add late?
should i adjust my hop schedule?
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Yes, I follow the instructions and boil 2.5 gallons, then top off. Is there another way to complete the boil, and if so, how?

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i bought a 8 gallon pot and boil 6.25 down to 5 gallons during a 1 hour boil.
i use a turkey fryer in the backyard, most stoves cant boil 6 gallons.

and yes there was an amazing difference compared to when i did partial boils.
ps. you WILL need a wort chiller also. i tried cooling 5 gallons with an ice bath.. took an hour and 55 LBS OF ICE. did that once then bought a chiller.
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