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Old 12-01-2012, 12:57 AM   #11
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First time i brewed a blonde i was SHOCKED at how dark it was....as soon as it was siphoned. What a learning game that was!!

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:58 AM   #12
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this is getting dangerously close to the "black" IPA subject. I'm gonna go eat my own face before this gets out of hand.


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Old 12-01-2012, 06:45 AM   #13
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Here's a couple pictures of what it looks like. My thief is sanitizing as I type this, so we'll see how that goes. Will update on color and taste.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:02 AM   #14
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It is rather dark for blond but also has wired white spots and huge head space, can infection turn blond in to brunet? anyway how does it taste?
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:34 AM   #15
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I saw those spots too and was a bit concerned, especially since another gentleman from my local supply store mentioned the possibility of an infection, but he was quite unsure about that guess. On close inspection though, those spots look more like clusters of bubbles than something growing...I'm far from an expert at spotting infections though.

Anyway, got my sample. SG measured 1.014 (paper from the kit says FG should be 1.015-1.018). It's definitely NOT black, looks copper-ish (recipe says it should be "deep gold"). It doesn't smell funky, slightly sweet with prominent hop aroma. Taste was sweet with a little hoppiness to start, but faded into a kind of tangy, bitter finish that lingered for a while. All in all it didn't taste terrible and I think it will improve substantially after I bottle it and let it sit for a couple weeks. Also, this recipe had some wheat DME in it, I'm not especially familiar with wheat in beer, but would that possibly contribute to that tangy flavor?
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:37 AM   #16
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Damn emoticons...that cool, sunglasses wearing guy was supposed to be 1.018.
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Extract beers are darker than their all grain counterparts.
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Just cracked my first bottle of this very same beer. Though mine was darker in the fermenter as well. Here's s pic of it after 9 days sitting at 70 deg and 3 more in the fridge. All my samples tasted sour, so I was not expecting much from the bottle. But lo and behold its just fine.

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This is what my BB Imperial Blonde Ale looked like in my fermenter. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #20
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Right on. I think it's gonna be alright, I think I'm probably over thinking it. Thanks everybody.


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