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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2013, 12:54:17 PM »
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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2013, 01:00:55 PM »

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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2013, 01:09:07 PM »
Obviously we can't say for sure, but to me it looks like the one on the left just has more yeast in suspension. I would guess that the IPA either is getting a slower start or is ahead of the pale in flocculation. Is there a difference in amount of yeast cake on the bottom?

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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2013, 01:20:26 PM »
I might be seeing an optical illusion but the carboy on the left seems to be taller and narrower than the one on the right.  Between the more narrow cylinder on the left and the greater quantity of hops on the right you can account for most of the color difference.  The real test will be in the glass.

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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2013, 01:25:47 PM »


A couple things, it looks like Slowbrew is right, the lighter color brew is in a narrower carboy and also closer to your light source. The darker brew appears to be in shadow. Also the darker has the carpet behind it while the lighter has the wall and heater register. Add to that the brew hauler that is also black and there are a lot of things that could be making the darker one look darker.
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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2013, 01:29:41 PM »
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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2013, 02:44:29 PM »
Yeast strain can have an influence here. There was a talk at the 2003 NHC, where the same wort was split from a small brewery to make about 18 beers using all of the available commercial Belgian yeasts and some cultured from bottles brought back from Belgium. There was a surprising range of color in the finished beer.

Same yeasts for these?
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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2013, 08:01:26 AM »
UPDATE:

Day 2 of fermentation....beers have definitely started to take on more of the same color characteristics.  Seems that perhaps the yeast suspension may have been the biggest factor here.  Although both of us used the exact same yeast with starters, perhaps one beer just had a much faster start on the fermentation.

Will post pics of the finished products, side by side for final comparison for anyone that's interested!

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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2013, 08:45:14 AM »
Amount of break material transferred from kettle to fermenter could also have possibly been a cause.
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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2013, 06:17:27 PM »
Different yeast can affect the color? Huh. I never would have guessed that.

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Re: 2 beers, same wort, COMPLETELY different colors
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2013, 06:22:18 PM »
Different yeast can affect the color? Huh. I never would have guessed that.

I would not of thought that either, until I saw that talk.
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