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Old 02-17-2006, 08:21 PM   #1
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This may be a dumb question, but so be it...

I am an extract brewer. A few recipes I am considering call for "pale" extract, but some online stores only seem to sell "light" extract. Is it the same? Is it interchangeable?

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Old 02-17-2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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Yes, in that case, pale and light are the same.

However, as a descriptor of a finished beer, they are very different. There are a lot of pale beers out there that have enormous bitterness and alcohol content and are anything but "light"

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Old 02-17-2006, 08:42 PM   #3
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pale is just a description of the color, so light/pale whatever you want to call it.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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And to further muddle the picture, a pale ale is not necessarily pale like a Bud. They are pale compared to stouts and the like. It's all relative.

 
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:59 PM   #5
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And in fact, extract is never very pale at all...you can't make a Pilsner with extract for example.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:59 PM   #6
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They are the same for straight extract. Ditto, ultralight and extra pale.

However, if a kit is described as being a light ale, it probably contains wheat extract or rice syrup.
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