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Old 04-05-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default Does using liquid extracts always equal a fairly dark brew?

Hi everyone,

I have made about five batches of various brews so far, the last being a Hefe-weizen, and they all have been fairly dark, including this last batch. I have used liquid extract in all of them. I was figuring this last one may be more "golden."

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Old 04-05-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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Extracts are prone to darkening during production and storage. Also all wort will darken during the boil.

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Old 04-05-2009, 08:53 PM   #3
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You can pour 1/2 in in th beginning and the other half with about 15 minutes to go for a lighter brew.

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I can make some pretty light colored beers and I use only liquid extract - I usually do a 4-5 lb partial mash first, start the boil and then add my LME in the last 10 minutes of the boil. If you're using all extract and a partial boil, try adding between 1/3 and 1/2 of the extract at the beginning, then the rest late in the boil.

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If you want lighter colored beer, do a full boil, use lighter colored extract, or add most of your extract at the end of the boil.

You get much better hop utilization with a lower gravity wort. I only add a pound or two for the full 60 minute boil and the rest at flame out. It doesn't matter if the extract is liquid or dry.

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Liquid extracts still undergo Maillard reactions on storage, causing them to darken. DME does not do this. So, make sure the LME is fresh, or use DME.

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Old 04-06-2009, 03:53 AM   #7
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My last brew I used all DME and it looks like this is my lightest colored beer yet. And I added it pre boil. 3lbs amber and 3lbs extra light. This was not a full boil.

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