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Old 02-01-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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I brewed an English bitter/ special bitter, and it came out way darker than expected. I used marris otter as the base malt. And only about 2 oz of chocolate malt for color in a 5 gallon batch. It also used demara sugar. Any thoughts on what would have caused the darkness? I didn't think that the ingredients would be that dark as to cause the shift. And beersmith estimated it to be pretty middle of the road.

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Old 02-01-2014, 02:03 PM   #2
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Are you going by what it looks like in your fermenter or what the finished beer looks like in a glass? It will always appear darker when looking at a large volume.


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Old 02-01-2014, 02:07 PM   #3
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Is it already kegged or bottled?

Can you upload a pic of the beer?
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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Finished beer in glass. I can't at the moment. Quiet day at work, lol. Bottled, and I have been enjoying it. It tastes good, just dark , real dark almost black.

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Old 02-01-2014, 03:19 PM   #5
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Light chocolate malt or dark?
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:41 PM   #6
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I brewed an English bitter/ special bitter, and it came out way darker than expected. I used marris otter as the base malt. And only about 2 oz of chocolate malt for color in a 5 gallon batch. It also used demara sugar. Any thoughts on what would have caused the darkness? I didn't think that the ingredients would be that dark as to cause the shift. And beersmith estimated it to be pretty middle of the road.

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Without a better description of the color or, even better, a picture it's very difficult to give a firm answer. Also it would be extremely helpful to know the entire recipe, like other malts (crystal) and boil time. IMO two ounces of chocolate in a five gallon beer is a significant amount. Enough to possibly push to the edge of light brown depending on other factors.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:43 PM   #7
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8.5# MO
1# caramalt
1.7oz choc malt.
.75# dememara sugar (@ flameout)

I'll have to get a pic tonight.

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