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AleSmith29
post Feb 1 2010, 11:45 AM
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just put her in the primary yesterday, here's the recipe:

7lbs weyermann pale ale malt 3*L
2lbs light munich 6*L
1lb crystal 60*L

1.5oz cascade 5.8alpha 60min
.5oz cascade 5min

on promash, it figured 11.1srm. it looks to be about 20srm. will this lighten in the fermenter? i havent made many pale ales in the past and didnt notice if they did, but this one seems too dark. guess i might just have an amber ale!
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Narwhal
post Feb 1 2010, 12:44 PM
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I know the beer will look darker in the fermenter than in a pint glass due to the greater volume. I would look at the hydrometer sample and judge from that instead.
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post Feb 1 2010, 12:56 PM
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QUOTE(Narwhal @ Feb 1 2010, 01:44 PM) *
I know the beer will look darker in the fermenter than in a pint glass due to the greater volume. I would look at the hydrometer sample and judge from that instead.


that IS what i judged color from.
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post Feb 1 2010, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE(AleSmith29 @ Feb 1 2010, 12:45 PM) *
just put her in the primary yesterday...but this one seems too dark. guess i might just have an amber ale!


Amber is a perfectly appropriate color for Pale Ale...There's a LOT of leeway there, even among the style police (of which I am certainly not. LOL). Some might say that with such a large amount of crystal, you might think about more hops next time, but that's something you can assess when you taste the finished beer.

Bottom line is that even if you're hung up on style authenticity (whatever that is) there is plenty of wiggle room. Let your taste buds be your guide.


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