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Old 05-31-2007, 12:13 AM   #1
Feb 2007
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I'm having a little trouble with color in my fruit beers. I recently made a Summer Blonde and added 2 pounds of strawberries to add a little bit of strawberry flavor. It's been in the secondary for 1 day now and has turned a lovely murkey brown. Is there anything I can do about the color? I added Irish Moss to the boil and the Summer Blonde itself is a lovely, well, Blonde color. Thoughts?

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Old 05-31-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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I'm gonna guess RDWHAHB. I bet it will clear with time.

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Old 05-31-2007, 02:17 PM   #3
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You need to brew another batch. Nothing distracts one from taking hourly gravity readings or watching the yeast settle like brewing again. RDWHAHB
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:19 PM   #4

You need to keep in mind as well that the colour you see in the large volume of the carboy is not the same as you see in the glass. That 'brown' colour now may turn out to be a nice subtle red hue in the glass. The yeast still in suspension cause the light to reflect differently as well which also changes the apparent colour.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:34 PM   #5
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Even after they have settled, beers look darker in the carboy than they do in the glass.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:01 PM   #6
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i bottled a beer yesterday that was a beautiful dark red color in the carboy and bucket, but it was a nice tan color going through the hose. i would prefer the red, but oh wellz. it's still tasty
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:13 PM   #7
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I have a nice golden yellow Kolsch that looks like a brown ale in the betterbottle.

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Old 05-31-2007, 08:21 PM   #8
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Just give it time it'll look great oce bottled.


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