Been trying to perfect an NEIPA for several batches and just can’t quite nail it.
Don’t get me wrong, the beer is good, but it doesn’t have that hazy/orange color to it like I get in the local brew houses. Would not classify these as NEIPA’s.
They seem to start off with a nice color when I brew and transfer to the secondary but after a week in the carboy, the color starts to turn from orange to amber.
After a 6 week total process, when I pour from the keg, it’s an amber color. Not getting that fruity taste either.
Looks exactly the same if I brewed with Gold Malt Extract.
These are my last 2 batches. I am always messing around with hops, using whatever is left over in my stock pile.
I mix between the All Grain/Extract depending on time I have that brew day…
3# Dry Pilsen
3# Dry Wheat
1oz Summit & 2oz Columbus 30 min
3oz Columbus 20min
1oz Columbus Dry Hop secondary
1oz Columbus Dry Hop 4 days later in secondary
Mash start 160, ended at 140 (1hr). Sparge at 170.
1# Flaked Wheat
1# Flaked Oat
6oz Columbus at flame out
2oz Newport Dry hop
Also did a batch with all DME Pilsen, Chinook, and used WLP095 Burlington Ale. That too came out Amber when it was tapped and the fruit taste just wasn’t there…
Any thoughts what I might be doing wrong on the color/taste?