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Old 11-28-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Most of the people that try my beer drink BMC or foofy stuff. So I considered trying to make a brown colored ale to begin introducing brown ales to them, slowly convert them little by little.

One way I've considered that I can add color without the typical flavors is to boil all of my extract.

Are there any grains I can add that won't push it towards a roasty taste, but will add color?

I'm thinking of a "brown" blonde as they greatly enjoy those.

I'm trying for maybe 15* + SRM and <20 IBU's.

Messing around with the calculator I have so far:

4.3 gal batch
4 lbs Briess pilsen LME
1 lb Briess Bavarian wheat DME
8 oz crystal 20
6 oz crystal 60
2 oz crystal 120
1/4 lb Briess extra light DME (starter)
3/4 oz Liberty (3.9%) @ 45/15 mins
1/2 oz Liberty @ 5 mins
WLP 001

That gives me:
1.047/1.011
9* SRM
19.7 IBU's
4.8% ABV


I'm a little concerned the 60 and 120 will still be quite noticeable.

I usually get several extra points of OG sometimes giving me around 0.5% ABV additional alcohol content.

Any ideas for a mild "brown" blonde ale?


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I did a mild over a year ago that came out really good. It's a bit stronger than the style normally calls for, but it was still really good. If you plug it into BeerSmith, you can convert it to extract with specialty grains. I get the British crystal malts from Farmhouse. You could also substitute Wyeast 1335 for the 1882-PC yeast.


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That 2 ounces of 120 will hardly be noticeable. I would think you'd want them to taste it!

You could also sub in some amber DME, which has Munich malt and C-60 in the mix (IIRC from the Briess website). You're not really going to get roasty flavors from any of that.
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Ambers are kinda iffy with them. They will drink it, but would prefer another blonde.
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I didn't want to start off making much and I like to order 4 lbs of LME as it's cheaper than DME. And I add Bavarian wheat for head retention.

Roughly how much color is added by boiling all of the extract for an hour? I recall, before I held most of it for flameout, that my beers were a bit darker than they were supposed to be.
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Find an English Mild recipe and brew that. Mine were bigger versions of a mild.

My only amber batch didn't come out as well as I would have liked (the first half at least, need to tap the second keg) due to the yeast used. Didn't care, at all, for the blonde I brewed. I still have bottles of that in the basement.

I'd much rather have a brunette than a blonde.

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Roughly how much color is added by boiling all of the extract for an hour? I recall, before I held most of it for flameout, that my beers were a bit darker than they were supposed to be.
Dunno, since I've not brewed with extract in almost two years (only used it in my first four batches, the fourth being a partial mash).


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