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Old 01-25-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Just took my first gravity reading of a porter that's been in primary for about two weeks. Gravity is fine but it looks very light for a porter. Any chance it gets darker as it clears or while conditioning in the bottle? Or did I just not steep the darker specialty grains long enough (20 minutes per the recipe)


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Old 01-25-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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It probably just looks light in your sample tube (assuming thats what you use) as there isn't much liquid for the light to shine through. I'm sure it'll look much darker in a full glass


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Thanks. I'm not too worried about it but it's my first brew. It was in a very thin test tube. Tasted ok for what it is, a very immature, uncarbonated beer. Also, it's a lighter porter to start...a Brown.
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Oh yeah, you're good to go, homie!

Congrats on entering the wonderful world of homebrewing
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The beer will appear to darken slightly when the yeast settles out. Yeast is usually a light tan color, and when it is floating in suspension, it tends to make the beer appear lighter in color than it actually is.
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Just for kicks and giggles I opened a microbrew stout I had in my fridge and put some into the same test tube. It did look a shade lighter in there but I'm still convinced I'm going to have ver light porter. Oh well, it will be beer, right? And you don't taste color.
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The beer will appear to darken slightly when the yeast settles out. Yeast is usually a light tan color, and when it is floating in suspension, it tends to make the beer appear lighter in color than it actually is.
I guess I'll see in a few weeks. Thanks.
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It's cool man, brown porters can be lighter than some people expect. Porters don't need to be black. And in the tube it's definitely lighter, yeah. Congrats, I'm sure it will taste great!
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Again, I'm not too worried but was a little surprised by the light color. I did a search for "brown porter" on this site and found this link. The picture is pretty close to the color I saw last night:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f126/bli...-porter-88813/

EDIT: I guess the biggest problem here is my ignorance. I love dark, coffee porters and the like and just grabbed a boxed recipe that said "porter" on it. I didn't realize there was such an animal as this style of porter. I guess I'll form an opinion pretty quickly here.
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I the color is what you are looking for you can get a coloring agent called Sinamar that will make your porter black but add no flavor. I'm looking for flavor so I don't care what color mine turns out.

For your next porter you will know better what to expect from a kit. Adding a couple ounces of black malt will get you darker color and a coffee flavor. Add 2 ounces of chocolate malt and you get darker color and chocolate flavor (muted, gotta go looking for either of the flavors and if the beer is too cold you won't taste them).


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