my stout isnt black?

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mmonteiro

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i took my first gravity reading since my og. and to my surprise my oatmeal stout is a dark brown color not the black i've seen in most stouts. is this normal for oatmeal stout? will it get darker if i leave it in the fermenter for a couple more weeks?
 

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I had to boil up some synamar and add it to my secondary to turn my black rye ipa from brown/amber to black.
 

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Stout range in dark brown to black in color for the style. What grains did you steep and how much? Barley, chco, black patent etc
 
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i rechecked my kit, it says my srm should be a 23... isnt that very light for a stout? when i look at an srm of 23 on charts that seems way to light.

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BJCP lists oatmeal stout from 22-40 SRM so it's within range. Without knowing your recipe or process we really can't offer much help.
 

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Is it clear? If it's still in the fermenter and there's any yeast/trub or whatever still floating around in there it will look lighter than the final product.

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Is it clear? If it's still in the fermenter and there's any yeast/trub or whatever still floating around in there it will look lighter than the final product.

bosco
This.

The yeast/stuff floating around in the stout will make the overall color lighter and browner. My stouts always look darker after bottle conditioning and the yeast/etc have had time to settle.
Pez.
 

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This.

The yeast/stuff floating around in the stout will make the overall color lighter and browner. My stouts always look darker after bottle conditioning and the yeast/etc have had time to settle.
Pez.
Also, you're likely taking a gravity reading in a vessel that is significantly narrower than your eventual glass. This will also acount for a difference in color between now and conditioned and poured in a glass. I imagine that you won't be able to tell, unless you hold it up to the light.
 

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mmontiero - post up your recipe and we can advise how to get it blacker. Other than patience for completion and yeast settling, it won't get blacker, but your next batch could...
 
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