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Old 03-06-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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I've made a lager from a heineken recipe (came out decent for a first try) and a Kolsch from NB... Both have been way darker than I thought they'd be. Does anyone have any ideas about how these beers can be made lighter? I am down to 2 possibilities:

1) I over cooked the grains in the cheesecloth when I had them in for the heineken. Though, I didnt use grains for the NB Kolsch
2) I put in the syrup way too early and it over-carmelized.

Anyone had luck getting their beers lighter from similar kits/recipes?

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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From what I've read, extract recipes are naturally more dark than AG ones; especially if the extract is boiled the entire 60 min. Many suggest starting with a small amount of your extract at the beginning of the boil & not adding the rest until towards the end.

What temp. did you use on the grains?

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
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When I use LME instead of DME, I feel like I get darker beer. Dunno if that helps...

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:09 PM   #4
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Kindly do a search on late addition, it has been covered about 12 million times

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:58 PM   #5
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Simply put: steer away from LME if you are concerned about the color of your brew. It's OK for dark beers though.

Search for Late Additions. Like it was stated earlier...covered a million times.

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Old 03-07-2008, 01:05 AM   #6
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Without more info, there is the possibility the LME was burnt. I believe LME must be added without flame on the pot & the wort stirred adequately to dissolve the LME before restarting the burner. Also periodic stirring to keep it off the bottom.

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Lme's tend to be darker than other beers...Rather than put all your extract in for the full 60 minutes, use a little bit with your hops for the full 60 then add the remainder in the last 15 minutes of your boil..(That's what's meant by late extract or extract late additions..works form both liquid and dry malt extracts.

It should then be lighter...also make sure to take your kettle off the flame when you add any lme, it will help prevent scorching.

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Old 03-07-2008, 01:22 AM   #8
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Hell, for light beers I add about half with 15 min left on the boil and the rest with 5 min left. I get beers as light colored as the american piss.

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Besides, can you really have a beer that is to dark

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Old 03-08-2008, 12:39 AM   #10
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Hey thanks for all the help! I'll check out late addition and its totally possible I burned the extract...! Not sure what temperature I did the grains at but I bet it was too high

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