From the HBD Archive
From: nolan@heavax.DNET.NASA.GOV (Tom Nolan)
Subject: Colors in light-extract brews
Date: 1990-04-26 14:28:38 GMT

Regarding the amount of darkening grains to add to a
light-extract-only wort, I have a couple of points
on the graph:

Starting with 5 lbs light extract and water
to make 4.5 gallons I have then added

(1) 2 cups crystal + 1 cup chocolate malt to get
a beautiful copper-colored amber ale

(2) 2 cups crystal + 2 cups roasted barley to get
a very dark-colored but light-bodied stout

I crush the grains by rolling them with a beer bottle,
not so much grinding that they turn to powder. I
steep the grains for 1/2 hour at 150-160 F in 1 gallon,
then strain and rinse.

During the steep, you can draw off a half-cup or so, then
dilute it to the full wort strength by adding a cup or so
of water, to get an idea of the color of the finished
product, and tweak as necessary.

- Tom

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