D.D. Williamson Caramel Coloring

D.D. Williamson is the world leader in caramel color and their products have been a valuable brewing ingredient for more than a century. Caramel provides color, flavor and consistency to beer. It also has applications in a variety of related products, including cider and non-alcoholic malted beverages.

Caramel is a great way to adjust beer color throughout any part of the brewing process. Caramel allows you to adjust color in the kettle, as late as final filtration or in the serving tank. With caramel you can darken your beer without adding the astringent flavors associated with dark malt.

Caramel Product Selection

Gusmer offers six different grades of caramel color to the brewing industry. Most products come in 5 gallon pails, 55 gallon drums or 275 gallon totes. (The total weight may vary from product to product depending on the density of the material.)

Color IOB
Color EBC
Hue Index
#310 .055-.065 17,000 16,000 5.7 74% Emkamalt – yellow tone
#305 .070-.080 20,500 19,000 5.6 74% Slight sweet and spicy accent
#304 .070-.080 20,500 19,000 5.6 74% For malta or pilsner
#303 .127-.133 35,000 34,000 5.5 65% Available globally
#301 .106-.111 31,500 29,800 5.5 66% Most widely-used beer caramel globally
#300 .080-.090 24,500 22,000 5.6 74% Popular in North America


Dosage will vary by style. Traditional ales require 0.02% or more of caramel coloring to add color. Certain dark beers, including some stouts and bocks, might require a higher caramel dosage. Lagers require less caramel to obtain color consistency than other types of beers (typically 0.01%). Adjusting a lager type beer to a bock beer color would require an addition of 0.05-0.075%.

D.D. Williamson Caramel: Technical Brewing Tips
Caramel Color Liquid SDS
Caramel Color Powder SDS
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