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That Vienna lager that I brewed a few weeks ago is looking a little light in color.

I read the style guidelines and it should be a copper color. Noting that one of the commercial available Vienna lagers is Negro Modelo, I wonder how well this beer will do in competition if it’s just a shade darker than “golden”.

Now, I am not absolutely sure what the color is going to look like in a pint glass. All 5 gallons are still in a carboy – but it looks lighter than what I would expect.

Ok – I have taken 5 sentences in this post to proclaim my concern. It’s about time I wrote about my insurance policy – my ace up my sleeve to get the color that I want.

I purchases some Sinamar last week and it’s en route to my house. It’s an all natural liquid malt color which is made from Carafa malt by the Weyermann company.

It is in compliance with the German beer purity law Reinheitsgebot, if you care about that kind of stuff.

At bottling, I am going to draw a sample into a glass after racking the carboy to the bottling bucket and see what it looks like. Hopefully I will have a sunny day and walk the sample outside to evaluate the color. If I feel like it needs to be darker, I will add a small amount (.5 fluid ounce or 1 tablespoon) to the bottling bucket, mix it around gently using a sanitized spoon, and take another sample.

I’ll continue this sample evaluation/Sinamar addition until the color is what I want it to be. It’s probably fine but I have a backup plan.


Behold – SINAMAR!




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  1. chris

    Gordon Strong would be proud of you.

  2. @Chris Nice!

  3. The BrewMaster

    Hi John. Nice trick. Keep it up.

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