Ok I am new to brewing and so far have done 3 batches since April 2010. The first was a Hefeweisen, 2nd was a Pale Ale and the 3rd was an IPA. All 3 brews have been almost the same coloring; a medium-dark amber color. My next brew batch I plan on doing next week is going to be a Hoegaarden-like brew. I want to make sure the coloring comes out the way its supposed to be, a light blonde.
What can cause the brew to turn out darker? Is the wort not cooling quickly enough before being added to the primary or could it be a problem with fermentation temperature? Even with my recent purchase of a wort chiller with batch #3, my tap water isn't cold enough to make a difference and it still took 45-60 mins for it to cool down to a temp where I could pitch my yeast. This time around I am planning on using a tub of ice cold water and hooking the one end of the wort chiller to a small garden pump to force the cold water through in hopes of cutting that 45-60 min time frame down considerably.