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Old 11-18-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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Ok guys I have a question. Why is my wort always darkening?

I copied the recipe Ferocious IPA from Midwest Supplies. Followed it closely and as I look at it in my carboy in primary it's dark.

I used all DME in thinking it would make it lighter. What am I doing wrong?

It called for 6lbs GOLDEN, 3lbs AMBER, I added the hops and then yeast. It was a 30 min steep with 4 oz of grain, and 60 min boil, also used 6 gal water to anticipate evaporation and sediment to get a true 5 gal batch.

This is my 7th brew so I feel confident I know what I'm doing but am open to ANYTHING you all may suggest.

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:16 AM   #3
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It seems dark in the carboy because the light cannot get through the liquid in the carboy as easily as in the glass, hence it looks darker. If you follow the recipe correctly, the color difference should be very slim to none.

There's also tendency that the beer will turn darker at the end of the fermentation than it is at the start; this is due to yeasts flocculation. Because there's not enough yeast particle to bounce the light back off, it looks darker. It will look a lot lighter in the glass.

So, if the recipe is followed correctly, you dont have to worry about anything.

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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Does the beer come out darker than expected?

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I made a Honey Bee Ale using an older method I boiled 3 gal water then added to make the 5 gal at the end. It was darker than I expected but it was the first time I had made it.

This was the first IPA I had made but totally thought it would have been lighter. Should I have steeped for a shorter amount of time? The directions do say that you can steep for 10 to 30 minutes. Maybe that is my problem.

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Does the beer come out darker than expected?
In my opinion it does
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Boiling darkens extract- it just does. Just like toasting bread makes it darker.

To keep the color light, add the majority of the extract at flame out. That will help a lot.

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Well this is primary and maybe secondary might lighten it up a little bit more. It may even light in a little bit more in the bottling process too.

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Does the beer come out darker than expected?
The honeybee ale came out darker than I expected it to. It was still a great beer I just don't understand why came out so dark.
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