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Old 12-13-2011, 06:51 PM   #1621
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Has anyone tried to make this a dark ale? I have made about 40 gallons of this brew and it's absolutely excellent. All my friends love it.

I just added 1lb of chocolate to the recipe and turned it VERY dark. It's been in the fermenter for 8 days. Starting Gravity was about 1.040 and it's only down to 1.012 so it's got some more to go. Color is pretty. Can't wait to see how it comes out.
Please keep us updated on this darker version... I had been thinking of doing something similar but since you offered to be the guinea pig....
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:56 PM   #1622
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Centennial Brunette?
Centennial Brewnette?
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:13 PM   #1623
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Got my first "taste" of the Centennial Brunette during a gravity check yesterday after 13 days in the fermenter. Gravity was down to 1.012. Flavor was somewhat on the "nutty" side. Color is looking good. I would have preferred not to alter the flavor but only the color. Can anyone recommend a grain that you wouldn't need much of to change the color but not affect the flavor? The beer is going to taste VERY good, (I think it's going to make a great holiday beer) but it's still not what I was trying to do.

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:25 PM   #1624
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you could use sinamar

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:29 PM   #1625
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I just read in BYO that Smuttynose adds Carafa to the top of the grain bed when they start to sparge their "Noonan" Black IPA. This helps them get the color without the roast flavors. You could try that.

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Old 12-14-2011, 03:01 PM   #1626
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cap the mash with 2- 4 oz of dehusked carafa "special" I.

I am just guessing on the amounts (but it doesn't take a lot to change the color); I would play around with the recipe in beersmith or whatever with the amounts, to get the color you want.

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Old 12-15-2011, 08:30 PM   #1627
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That's very interesting. I'm checking into it. Thanks

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Old 12-15-2011, 11:11 PM   #1628
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My most recent version - a 17 gallon batch! C'est bon, non?

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:39 AM   #1629
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17 gallons!! I'm green with jealous rage.

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Just finished reading up on those color suggestions. Both are great. I won't be satisified until I've tried all options. While I was looking into these a friend asked me about doing a "Red". Any suggestions on what to do for that? I just brewed an Irish Red. Completely different beer though. I'd like to have this particular centennial beer in Dark, Blonde & Red and have a taste test with my friends to "witness" how vision affects perceived flavor. We all know it does but it would be fun to watch and record.

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