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Old 02-10-2009, 03:48 AM   #1
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Hi,
I am pretty new to brewing, going on my fourth extract brew this weekend, and am i wondering how to make lighter colored ales. Now I know thats a pretty general question, but I made a Hefe and it turned out colored more like an amber to a brown. It was cloudy as I would have expected, just dark. I guess it doesn't overly matter if the taste is good... but for presentations sake (and what a Hefe looks like in my mind) I would like to be able make a golden colored Hefe or even a golden colored ale. Some have told me it is not possible with the equipment I have. Nothing fancy, a 6.5 gallon plastic primary, a 6.5 gallon glass carboy secondary and a 6.5 gallon plastic spigot bottling bucket. Any help/hints would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:54 AM   #2
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It's a little bit harder to make really light beers with extract, the one thing that comes to mind is adding the majority of your liquid/dry malt extract very close to the end of the boil as extended boiling tends to caramelize and darken the wort.

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:55 AM   #3
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bull****.

use pale extract ONLY.
it will be light colored.


or, for all grain, my 10lbs of 2 row/simcoe smash is as light as can be. too light for me , but my buddy at work thinks it looks alot like bud light except for the 2" head he cannot get used to.


on edit: http://morebeer.com/view_product/184..._Malt_Extract_

here, use that. it will be very light in color... not bud light, but as was said, add it late in the boil, and i bet it will be light golden in color

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Late addition plus boiling as much of the total volume as your equipment will allow will both help. No bull****.

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OK, this is where my ignorance comes into play... so bare with me. I am literally following an instruction sheet that comes with the kit when I go to boil (ie. add malt at a certain time). Does anyone have a procedure or a link to a procedure for adding all the ingredients to the boil at a certain time interval and temp interval. For example, what is considered late in the boil for adding the DME. I'm excited to hear that I actually can make light colored beer with my simple kit!!!

Planning to get two kits for he weekend brew, one a hefe and one a pale ale. Looking forward to trying this!!!

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Take a look here. Yooperbrew has posted some links, and she is a lot smarter than me.

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yooper is a lady?

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OK, thanks for the tips. I will start going through the plethora of posts that this post and yoopers brought up. I may bring this thread back to life a bit down the road. I will likely just follow the instructions with this weekends brew as I am still learning the process. The following on though I will likely head down this route.

I think the answer lies in that I need to start understand more of whats going on by reading on here and books and the like so that I actually no what I am doing rather than just following instructions. This is something I'd like to get good at so it only makes sense that I need to understand the science behind it.

Thanks again!!!

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I recently experimented with a 30 min. boil. I added 3 lbs. of extra-light DME at 30 minutes and 3 lbs. at 5 minutes. l had to use high alpha hops to get the proper IBU's but the color turned out surprisingly light. Plus the bitterness is very smooth and the hop flavor/aroma is fantastic. I'll be using the 30 minute boil with late extract addition again for sure.

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