Let me start by saying that I have a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl, so the ~2 hours I spend extract brewing during her nap time is about all the time that I can spend brewing; SWMBO will not be happy if I spend even more time ignoring the kids to partial mash and she will cut off all brewing privileges if I state that I want to start buying the equipment to spend most of a day outside all-grain brewing.
This weekend I brewed a simple wit: 6 lbs of NB’s Wheat LME in approximately 2.5 gallons water, 1 oz Hallertau for a 60 minute boil, ice bath until cool, cool water to make 5 gallons, then Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier. My intent is to rack to secondary over about 3 lbs of cranberries and 5 granny smith apples for a brew I call Fall’s Delight.
The problem is that it looks almost identical to the Saison de Noel that I brewed a few weeks ago. Is this the result of using LME? Would DME have retained a lighter color? Is this something I will have to live with until the kids get a little older?
Thanks in advance for any sage advice you can offer.