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Old 09-29-2012, 04:59 AM   #11
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When did u add it? Flameout or early on? Only thing I can think of is that it was a more concentrated batch... ie less water, not full boil. If u add them in the last 15 minutes instead of the 60 as directed, it won't affect flavor but the sugars wont caramelize as much and darken. I did that with my most recent hefe. But then again it could be something with the product too, i dunno.
I added at beginning of boil. I'm sure its something with the product. I spoke to brew store guy and he tells me that Northwestern has been having this problem lately. He apparently asked them about it and was told there was some oxidizing during the packaging process and it shouldn't affect the flavor at all but i have trouble believing that. He also told me they would no longer be carrying any of northwestern anymore after the last order is gone.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:02 AM   #12
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I posted a similar thread about a batch of extra light LME that was very dark. In my case the LME was likely old. The batch is not likely to ever get good. Unfortunately you just have to bottle it and taste it down the road to really know for sure.

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #13
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I posted a similar thread about a batch of extra light LME that was very dark. In my case the LME was likely old. The batch is not likely to ever get good. Unfortunately you just have to bottle it and taste it down the road to really know for sure.
I think this batch is old too. Plus i just found out that northwestern gets their extracts from Briess in huge barrels and then just repackages.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #14
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Every batch I've ever made with LME has been darker than it ought to be.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:42 AM   #15
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Every batch I've ever made with LME has been darker than it ought to be.
Yes i understand that. I'm talking about the LME itself. Its black not the usual caramel color. Looks old and burnt.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:44 AM   #16
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I thought the NW Gold LME was a caramel orange color not black!!

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Old 10-16-2012, 03:38 AM   #17
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I don't think too many people know this but Northwestern just gets there extract from Briess and then re-packages. Not my style to be middle-manned!!

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Northwestern= scam.

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