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moritz 07-26-2006 10:12 PM

Belgian Golden not so Golden
I recently brewed Austin Homebrew's Devil's Brew Belgian (the extract kit). The recipe states it is a golden ale.

Well, mine is considerably darker than a golden. Still tastes quite good, but the wrong color.

Anyone have an idea why?

kornkob 07-26-2006 10:19 PM

Can you tell us the recipe and the process you used?

Odds are you did a partial boil--- that tends to carmelize more of the extract, making the beer darker.

Desert_Sky 07-26-2006 10:19 PM

well im going to go with the extract. did you put it in for the whole 60 minute boil? You can keep your beers lighter when using extracts by doing a late addition. add the extract with about 15 minutes left in the boil. less caramelization, and the beer will stay a lighter color

moritz 07-26-2006 11:53 PM

I followed the instructions to the letter. Added the extract after the boil had started, only partial boil (about 3 gallons) for 60 minutes.

I do partial boils because I only have an electric stove, no gas. I've thought of using a portable propane burner outside, maybe I should consider that more seriously.

I guess that I'd have to break down and purchase a wort chiller then. The old ice and rock salt bath in sink won't cool it down nearly fast enough.

kornkob 07-26-2006 11:56 PM

The thing is: did it TASTE good? If all that's 'wrong' is the color then why invest in more gear--- unless that was something you were considering anyway.

david_42 07-26-2006 11:56 PM

Did you take the pot off of the burner while stirring in the extract?

myersn024 07-27-2006 12:15 AM

Here's what I did with my first batch (made from a Muntons extract wheat beer kit)...be it right or wrong the beer tastes good.

I bought a 5 gallon bottle of water and poured 2.5 gallons into my brew pot and added heat. Once it started boiling I put in 3.5 pounds of light DME and boiled it for about 45 minutes. While that was going on, I put the can of extract into the water bottle with the room temp water and shook it up real good to get it all dissolved. When I took the brew pot off the stove I poured it into the water bottle and topped it off to 5 gallons. After the bottle was cool to the touch I pitched the yeast after rehydrating them and shook it up again. I had explosive fermentation within 5 hours. I don't have a hydrometer so I couldn't measure the SG, but since bottling I've drank a few and I think they have a decent % ABV and taste pretty good. Once they're properly carbonated I'm going to drink a few and see how many it takes to get buzzed.

Sorry I got off topic, but doing it that way made for a very golden beer. They've been in bottles for about 5 days now and look great.

moritz 07-27-2006 12:18 AM


D*&!#% Good! Very close to Duvel. 8.98% alcohol. I'm thinking about slowly getting into all-grain, so a little equipment here, a little there.

I was hoping to fool some of those who won't drink a big ol' scary dark beer (It's actually amber now) into tasting this.



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