Originally Posted by Pratzie
When did u add it? Flameout or early on? Only thing I can think of is that it was a more concentrated batch... ie less water, not full boil. If u add them in the last 15 minutes instead of the 60 as directed, it won't affect flavor but the sugars wont caramelize as much and darken. I did that with my most recent hefe. But then again it could be something with the product too, i dunno.
I added at beginning of boil. I'm sure its something with the product. I spoke to brew store guy and he tells me that Northwestern has been having this problem lately. He apparently asked them about it and was told there was some oxidizing during the packaging process and it shouldn't affect the flavor at all but i have trouble believing that. He also told me they would no longer be carrying any of northwestern anymore after the last order is gone.