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Old 04-10-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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Check out the link below. The lighter colored one is my hefeweizen, and the dark one is my "blonde ale." WTF?

Hefeweizen and blonde ale picture by jjayzzone - Photobucket

Color after a week - http://s564.photobucket.com/albums/s...t=100_6173.jpg (on the right)

The grains are;

9.5 lbs pale malt (2 row)
1 lbs cara-pils
1 lbs munich malt

Before the boil, it was very light....but i did have to boil off about two gallons to get down to 5 gallons. Is it the concentration of the sugars or something? It seems to have gone dark during the cooling phase after boiling.

I'm just confused, and still pretty new to AG brewing.


 
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
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There's no way it affected the color that much in the boil. Maybe your perceptions were off from seeing the second runnings, but it is likely that you used dark munich and that's just the color profile you got out of it.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:02 AM   #3
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Very likely. I was just surprised that my "blonde" turned out "brunette." Brunettes are hotter anyways....

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
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Very likely. I was just surprised that my "blonde" turned out "brunette." Brunettes are hotter anyways....
Absolutely! I am sure it'll taste great.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:37 AM   #5
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I'm also wondering why my efficiency was so low as well. I hit my target OG, I hit my mash temperature, my sparge temperature, but I ended up with efficiency of 54% according to this formula;

Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Brew Wizard - How do you calculate your "brewhouse efficiency?"

BeerSmith says I hit 64% efficiency, though. That's probably more correct, though, as i'm guessing it takes into account possible points for different types of grains.

I'm just confused. I feel like I hit everything perfectly. I was pretty confident about today's batch until I did that formula.....

I had 5 gallons of wort after boiling, SG of 1.055, 11.5 lbs of grains used. I preheated the mash tun, had no dry spots in the mash, and batch sparged (which could be part of the cause). My mash water was 1 1/4 quarts per lb, and sparge water was 1/2 gallon per lb.


 
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:40 AM   #6
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Also, your beer will look darker in a carboy as opposed to a glass. More beer for the light to go through means more light gets absorbed. I bet next time you take a hydrometer sample it will look much lighter.

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:27 AM   #7
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I just called my blond 'dirty blond, because that's how we like them' when it turned out darker than expected.

everyone still loved it, though.

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Old 04-11-2009, 05:30 AM   #8
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I just called my blond 'dirty blond, because that's how we like them' when it turned out darker than expected.

everyone still loved it, though.

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I was just going to say that looked like a dirty blonde to me, but ya beat me to it.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:20 PM   #9
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Any idea what the Lovibond ratings on your grains were?

If you got something above 25L I'd expect your brew to be a pretty amber like what you achieved. You've just ended up with a blonde who has dark streaks, not the worst thing in the world...

Let's just hope the carapils will help her give you head....

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:24 PM   #10
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your boiling temp and boil length could change your colour slightly
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