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Old 06-23-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have tried brewing a couple of blue moon and the like wheat beer clones. The problem i have is all my wheat beers have a very bright yellow color where most of the commercial wheats are more orange. So far the recipes have been very similar with ranges between 40-60% 2 row and 60-40% malted wheat. I also feel that most of mine come out crisp and a little tart where the commercials come out sweater. So my question becomes, should i add some crystal or should i try a decocation? Most of the websites for the beers i like say they use 2-row and wheat.

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:03 PM   #2
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add a little crystal

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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thats the thing about homebrewing. if you don't like the result you can change the recipe. if you want a sweeter taste and a darker color add the crystal.

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:49 PM   #4
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should i use just 0.5 lbs crystal 40? for a 5 gal batch

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
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I've done two all grain wheat recipes and both have turned out to be great. Overall I used 16 pounds of grain which included two pounds of Crystal 10. (7 lbs pale, 7 lbs white wheat, 2 lbs Crystal 10, 1.5 lbs rice hulls)

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:20 PM   #6
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is that for 10 gal?

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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Sorry, I should have been more clear on that - both were for 6.5 gallon brews.

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:35 PM   #8
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I think that 0.5lbs of crystal 40 might be a little too dark. I'd maybe try 0.5lbs of crystal 20 first.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:39 PM   #9
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thanks ill toss that in once i finish the keg im on now

 
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:33 PM   #10
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All of mine are more on the yellow side I think. Am I doing something wrong? Just kidding, I kind of like the color.

 
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