Belgian Witbier color problem

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Belgian Witbier color problem

Postby texranger69 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:15 pm

I was brewing a partial grain/extract Belgian Witbier on Sunday. Everything was going great until I added wheat LME. My batch went from a perfect pale straw color to deep amber. Taste wise it'll probably turn out okay, but I was bummed about the color. Any ideas to fix in the future?? Should I have used DME instead or would wheat DME still led to the drastic color change?

Here's what I came up with for the recipe:

Ingredients for Partial Grain/Extract:
1.0 lbs. White wheat malt grain
1.0 lb. Oats, flaked grain
3.3 lbs. Bavarian Wheat, unhopped liquid malt extract (Briess CBW)
3.3 lbs. Pilsen Extra Light, unhopped liquid malt extract (Briess CBW)
0.5 oz Cascade Hops (Bittering)
0.5 oz Hallertauer Hops (Finishing)
0.5 oz crushed coriander
0.5 oz Orange Peel, Sweet
2 tablets Irish Moss
1 pkg Belgian Wit Ale Yeast (White Labs WLP400)
It tastes so good when it touches your lips.
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Postby siwelwerd » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:56 pm

LME is subject to darkening as it ages. I'm betting you had old LME. I've read people have just as good results with fresh LME, but I've never bothered with it as DME is readily available and keeps better.
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Postby JE » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:34 pm

You would have had little to no color issues with DME...I can go into depth on what causes that, if you'd like...but it takes a little explaining!! :D
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Postby drewseslu » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:51 am

The obvious answer is to go all grain! 8)
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Postby JE » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:22 am

That's true, Drew...but some are not fortunate enough to have the space needed for ANY all-grain brewing!!! :shock:
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Postby drewseslu » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:32 am

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