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Old 06-12-2017, 07:34 PM   #1
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I have never done an extract brew and just realised I don't know the answer to this basic question. If I want to make an amber or dark beer do I use just amber/dark extract or is it like all grain where you use pale and a small quantity of amber/dark?
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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I have never done an extract brew and just realised I don't know the answer to this basic question. If I want to make an amber or dark beer do I use just amber/dark extract or is it like all grain where you use pale and a small quantity of amber/dark?
My answer is you can do probably do either. If you use darker DME (or LME) it will probably have some darker grains in there somewhere, just like I recently found out. However if you do a grain steep or a minimash with darker grains together with the basic extract brew, you have more flexibility to adjust the colour and flavours.
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I use pale LME with all my brews. I add colour/flavour with crystal malt that I steep @ 75*C for 20mins or may add a tiny bit of (<5%) Black LME. Seems to work OK! Also I think my LME seems to get darker as it ages.
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