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Old 01-07-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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Default Stout looks like an amber

Not sure what went wrong. This was my first beer. Here's my recipe:

7.1 lbs amber LME
1.0 lb flaked barley
1.0 lb roasted barley
0.5 lb crystal 120L
1.0 lb carapils

2.0 oz perle @ 90min

WLP080 cream yeast blend.

I went to take a gravity reading tonight, and it looks like an amber. Tastes like one, too . Does the recipe above look like it should make a dark beer?

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Old 01-07-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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nope... where did u get the receipe from?

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Old 01-07-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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How did you mash the grains? Too much water? I get 27 SRM Dark brown to black on my brew calculator.

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Got the recipe from the LHBS. SRM was supposed to be 42.5

Mashed in 4 gallons of water at 150F for 30 mins.

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Old 01-07-2012, 06:57 AM   #5
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It'll look much diff in a bigger glass vs the hydro jar. Sometimes dude looks like a lady lol.

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Looks dark here


Not so much here


In a glass. Still MUCH lighter than expected.

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Maybe yeast still in suspension?

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I'm wondering if you used the full pound of roasted barley? Also, adding chocolate malt will darken your beer and is often/usually included in a stout recipe. I usually use a total of 1.25 of roasted barley and chocolate malt combined in a 5.5 gallon batch.

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That recipe is basically a Guinness clone with the addition of a little crystal for sweetness and a bit of carapils to add a little body. With a full pound of roast the beer should be black. Even assuming a lightening in color for yeast in suspension, the pic of the glass shows a beer much lighter in color than it should have been.

Please describe how the grain was crushed and how you used it.

The color is pretty close to what you would get from using 100% amber malt extract, not seeing anything else, knowing your procedure, etc, my first guess would be that the grains were not crushed. That seems like an obvious thing, but I have seen it happen!

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LHBS has a commercial grain mill that they picked up from a microbrew. They weighed out all of the grains and the extract for me, and crushed it for me. Looked like any crushed grain I've seen on youtube or similar.

I put those grains into a medium sized mesh bag, and steeped for 30 mins at 150F, then used a full kettle of 170F water to sparge.

Not sure how big of an issue it is, but the mesh bag I used was really full. I probably should have used two bags to allow for the grains to move a bit while steeping.

The recipe also called for 2 gallons of water to steep, but I had to use 4 because I'm using a 10 gallon pot, and 2 gallons wouldn't have covered all of the grain.

Lastly, I didn't realize that the hops weren't measured out, so I put 2 oz instead of the 1.5 the recipe called for.

Would those mistakes account for the color?

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