Beer colour

Discussion on brewing beer from malt extract, hops, and yeast.
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Orwell

Beer colour

Post by Orwell » Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:59 pm

I have done 2 extract brews and both turned out darker than I expected.
Both times I used 1.5kg of light DME each time
I boiled it in 6l of water, which I now know is too little

I now have bought a 19l pot and my aim is to have 14l in the FV
To keep it lighter in colour can I use .5kg of DME from the 60 min boil and then add the final 1kg in the lst 15 mins.?

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Re: Beer colour

Post by Jocky » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:10 pm

Yes, leave extract as late as you can to avoid darkening.

Also try extra light extract!
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Orwell

Re: Beer colour

Post by Orwell » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:45 am

Thanks for that

I didn't know there was an extra light DMe
My LHBS only ever had the light version, He has not had any of it for the last 2 weeks (makes it hard to support the shop)
I managed to get 3 lots from fleabay

I will try using .5kg then add the 1kg at the last 15 mins and see how that works out

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