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Old 09-06-2011, 04:44 AM   #1
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Like I said...its a strange tan color. I expected more of a pale golden orange. It is BM weizen recipe but brewed with a double decoction. It's my first weizen and my first real decoction.

At first I thought it was just a TON of yeast in suspension, but this is after a week in the kegerator and two other growlers full poured. It tastes like I expected it too and doesn't feel thick like it would if it was slurry. I figured if there was an excess of yeast in the keg it would have settled and been cleared in that first .5-1 gal right?

Any thoughts about my process that could have resulted in an odd color?


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Old 09-06-2011, 04:48 AM   #2
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I'd still blame it on yeast. Post a bit more about the recipe, your process, and the timeline.


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Old 09-06-2011, 04:57 AM   #3
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Put the recipe in a program like BeerSmith so you can see the expected SRM.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:12 AM   #4
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3.5 lbs soft red wheat malt
1.5 lbs pils
2 lbs wheat dme
1 lb pils dme

Double decoction (protein rest, sacc rest)

Primary for 3.5 weeks, kegged and force carbed for 1 week


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Put the recipe in a program like BeerSmith so you can see the expected SRM.
Its more the hue than the color. What I see is telling me that its yeast, but I just don't know why it wouldn't settle.
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I haven't brewed a Hefe myself, however I understand that Hefe yeast strains can be notoriously non-flocculent. I wouldn't be surprised if you are pulling up yeast sediment through the diptube every time you pour from the keg. Try filling a glass with the beer and put it in the fridge for a couple days, and see if you get yeast to settle out. Alternatively, you might have a starch haze, but I still think it is yeast.
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Its been in the fridge for just over 24 hrs and there is no sedimentation.
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Can you explain your process for the double decoction?
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I have one in the primary that was 3lb plzen and2lb wheat which did not come out as gold as I expected either. Granted it is only one week in, I skipped the protein rest and just did sach. interested how yours comes out.
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Classic double decoction, 125F protein rest, 154 sacc rest, 169 mash out.

Is there any way the pH could affect something like this since I used a lot more wheat than pils?

No change in the growler in my fridge btw. Shouldn't something have settled now?


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