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Old 08-04-2012, 01:28 AM   #1
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My blonde ale looks alot darker than i was expecting, is this normal? Will it lighten with time? (been in fermenter 5 days)

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Old 08-04-2012, 01:36 AM   #2
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It should beer in the carboy never's the color it will be in a glass.

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:48 AM   #3
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It has to do with how much beer you are looking at. 10 inches of beer in a fermenter allows less light through then the 2 inches in a glass, so it looks darker. Not to mention you have debris still floating around due to the fermentation - that is blocking more light/making it darker.

Let the fermentation finish and the yeast and trub settle. When you take your FG reading you'll get a better idea when it is in the hydrometer tube.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:08 AM   #4
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what was the grain bill?

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #5
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6.6 lbs. Light LME
1lb. Wheat DME
1lb. Corn sugar
1 lb. Honey Malt (steeping grain)

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #6
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My blonde ale looks alot darker than i was expecting, is this normal? Will it lighten with time? (been in fermenter 5 days)
Did you use beersmith ?

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #7
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No, this was a Brewers Best Imperial Blonde Extract kit

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:47 AM   #8
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it has to do with how much beer you are looking at. 10 inches of beer in a fermenter allows less light through then the 2 inches in a glass, so it looks darker. Not to mention you have debris still floating around due to the fermentation - that is blocking more light/making it darker.

Let the fermentation finish and the yeast and trub settle. When you take your fg reading you'll get a better idea when it is in the hydrometer tube.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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6.6 lbs. Light LME
1lb. Wheat DME
1lb. Corn sugar
1 lb. Honey Malt (steeping grain)
Did you add all of the LME before the boil or did you do a late addition? I found when adding all of the LME before the boil, it makes the beer much darker than it should be. Now, I typically add 1/3 of the LME before the boil and then the remainder around five minutes before the end of the boil - I take the pot off of the flame when adding. Although, I hear many people add the remainder of the LME at flameout. I've never tried this, but I'm sure it's equally as effective.

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
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I experienced same thing with my extract brews. Likely due to extract addition at beginning of boil which is usually what kit directions say to do. Your color may be off but it should still taste like a blonde ale.

 
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