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Old 04-19-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie, so hopefully this isn't too basic of a question.

I brewed an American wheat, which was in the primary for two weeks (per the kit's instructions). I racked to the secondary last night and the beer was much darker than after the boil.

I did a late extract addition, mostly to get a lighter color and was pretty happy with how it looked when it went into the primary.

Does anyone know any reasons why it might have darkened so much?

Thanks!--I appreciate any thoughts/suggestions/advice. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!



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Old 04-19-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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Are you looking at it in a carboy? It might just be because you are looking through a larger volume, so it appears darker than it would in a glass.



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Old 04-19-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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post ingredients please.

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Old 04-19-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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Im guessing you used LIQUID malt extract? No matter how light the LME is, the beers turn out much darker than they should. IMO, the late extract addition method doesnt help a lick either.

Only way to get a lighter colored beer is using the lightest DME available, or brew All-Grain. I really wish vendors did not use LME for light beers such as a wheat. The color is always disappointing.

Its also because you are looking at it in the carboy, which is a much denser view.

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Old 04-19-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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It was a kit from Northern Brewer:

(no specialty grains)
6 lbs Wheat extract (65% wheat, 35% barley malt)
1 oz. Willamette @ 60 mins
1 oz. Cascade @ 15 mins.
safeale K-97 dry yeast

I put about 15% of the extract into the boil for the first 45 mins with the willamette, then added the rest of the extract and cascade for the last 15 mins. I used a wort chiller and it went right into the primary before I pitched the yeast (which I re-hydrated first).

thanks so much!

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Old 04-19-2009, 07:37 PM   #6
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As stuff drops out of suspension, the beer will look noticeably darker in the carboy.

As Parker wrote, beer always looks darker in the carboy, too, as compared to what it will look like in the glass.

Plus, as mklawz wrote, malt extract syrups tend to make a darker beer, pound for pound, than dry extracts.

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beer always looks darker in the carboy than it really is. no problem

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Did anyone mention that beer looks darker while in a carboy?

I've had problems with caramelization of my dry malt extract. I think the heat was too much in my boil, which darkened up my last two batches too (I also did a late extract addition--didn't seem to help). Just something else to think about...

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Are you looking at it in a carboy? It might just be because you are looking through a larger volume, so it appears darker than it would in a glass.
^^^ +1 always looks darker in the carboy than in the glass
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