Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Why is my blonde ale so dark?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-10-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
jjayzzone
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Payson, Utah
Posts: 75
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Why is my blonde ale so dark?

Check out the link below. The lighter colored one is my hefeweizen, and the dark one is my "blonde ale." WTF?

Hefeweizen and blonde ale picture by jjayzzone - Photobucket

Color after a week - http://s564.photobucket.com/albums/s...t=100_6173.jpg (on the right)

The grains are;

9.5 lbs pale malt (2 row)
1 lbs cara-pils
1 lbs munich malt

Before the boil, it was very light....but i did have to boil off about two gallons to get down to 5 gallons. Is it the concentration of the sugars or something? It seems to have gone dark during the cooling phase after boiling.

I'm just confused, and still pretty new to AG brewing.

__________________

jjayzzone is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
carnevoodoo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,305
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

There's no way it affected the color that much in the boil. Maybe your perceptions were off from seeing the second runnings, but it is likely that you used dark munich and that's just the color profile you got out of it.

__________________
http://chugsd.com
carnevoodoo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 12:02 AM   #3
jjayzzone
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Payson, Utah
Posts: 75
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Very likely. I was just surprised that my "blonde" turned out "brunette." Brunettes are hotter anyways....

__________________
jjayzzone is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
carnevoodoo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,305
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jjayzzone View Post
Very likely. I was just surprised that my "blonde" turned out "brunette." Brunettes are hotter anyways....
Absolutely! I am sure it'll taste great.
__________________
http://chugsd.com
carnevoodoo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 12:37 AM   #5
jjayzzone
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Payson, Utah
Posts: 75
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I'm also wondering why my efficiency was so low as well. I hit my target OG, I hit my mash temperature, my sparge temperature, but I ended up with efficiency of 54% according to this formula;

Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Brew Wizard - How do you calculate your "brewhouse efficiency?"

BeerSmith says I hit 64% efficiency, though. That's probably more correct, though, as i'm guessing it takes into account possible points for different types of grains.

I'm just confused. I feel like I hit everything perfectly. I was pretty confident about today's batch until I did that formula.....

I had 5 gallons of wort after boiling, SG of 1.055, 11.5 lbs of grains used. I preheated the mash tun, had no dry spots in the mash, and batch sparged (which could be part of the cause). My mash water was 1 1/4 quarts per lb, and sparge water was 1/2 gallon per lb.

__________________

jjayzzone is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 12:40 AM   #6
Hodor_Baggins
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 63
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Also, your beer will look darker in a carboy as opposed to a glass. More beer for the light to go through means more light gets absorbed. I bet next time you take a hydrometer sample it will look much lighter.

__________________
Hodor_Baggins is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 05:27 AM   #7
bad coffee
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bad coffee's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,369
Liked 422 Times on 419 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

I just called my blond 'dirty blond, because that's how we like them' when it turned out darker than expected.

everyone still loved it, though.

B

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer
Why do you think they choose that path? (.)(.) = $$$$$$$$$
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zuljin View Post
Wtf was chasing you for an hour? Buy a gun already.
Quote:
Originally Posted by AZ_IPA View Post
I'm a meat hunter. PKU.
bad coffee is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 05:30 AM   #8
ChshreCat
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,335
Liked 472 Times on 375 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bad coffee View Post
I just called my blond 'dirty blond, because that's how we like them' when it turned out darker than expected.

everyone still loved it, though.

B
I was just going to say that looked like a dirty blonde to me, but ya beat me to it.
__________________

"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

ChshreCat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 03:20 PM   #9
jkpq45
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 278
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Any idea what the Lovibond ratings on your grains were?

If you got something above 25L I'd expect your brew to be a pretty amber like what you achieved. You've just ended up with a blonde who has dark streaks, not the worst thing in the world...

Let's just hope the carapils will help her give you head....

__________________
jkpq45 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 03:24 PM   #10
LS_Grimmy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LS_Grimmy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Cold Lake , Alberta
Posts: 297
Liked 3 Times on 1 Posts

Default

your boiling temp and boil length could change your colour slightly

__________________
LS Grimmy

My Web Site:
www.grimmysbeer.com

LS_Grimmy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My shot at Dark Lord, brewed on Dark Lord Day! saq Recipes/Ingredients 72 05-31-2014 03:30 PM
BM's Centennial Blonde -> Strawberry Blonde illin8 Recipes/Ingredients 8 12-11-2013 07:21 AM
A Blonde Joke To End All Blonde Jokes.......... EdWort General Chit Chat 12 08-06-2009 01:10 AM
Dark Dark Stout water? dstar26t General Techniques 9 05-22-2009 02:58 PM
Centennial Blonde/Columbus Blonde The Pol All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12 06-24-2008 01:14 AM