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Title: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: 1vertical on February 10, 2010, 05:50:14 AM
What is the weirdest colored beer you ever made and....
How did you color it?
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: a10t2 on February 10, 2010, 06:02:11 AM
Cranberry juice, in a wheat. It was a weird pink color, but people seemed to like it.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: dean on February 10, 2010, 12:31:17 PM
Cranberry juice, in a wheat. It was a weird pink color, but people seemed to like it.

Sounds like a perfect chick beer.  What was your recipe? 
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: majorvices on February 10, 2010, 12:36:30 PM
Cranberry juice, in a wheat. It was a weird pink color, but people seemed to like it.

LOL - I did a cranberry christmas beer my first year homebrewing and while it was actually pretty good it had the strangest pink color.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: babalu87 on February 10, 2010, 12:54:48 PM
Brewed an IPA but it ended up Black with a little roast in it  ;)
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: mikeypedersen on February 10, 2010, 03:16:16 PM
Cranberry juice, in a wheat. It was a weird pink color, but people seemed to like it.
I did something like that once but juiced a couple of watermelons.  It actually turned out pretty good, in the carboy it was totally pink, but in a glass is was pale straw with a hint of pink in the right lighting.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: tygo on February 10, 2010, 04:05:42 PM
Cherry Wit.  It had a deep reddish hue to it.  And a little cherry flavor even survived the fermentation.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: mikeypedersen on February 10, 2010, 04:24:58 PM
I've heard of people using beet juice for some halloween beers to make them blood red, but I have never tried that one.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: a10t2 on February 10, 2010, 06:52:53 PM
Sounds like a perfect chick beer.  What was your recipe? 

It was a really basic American Wheat - 25% 2-row, 62% malted wheat, 12% Crystal 10, 1 oz of Hallertauer at 60 and 15, and Wyeast 1056. OG was only 1.036. Then as primary was winding down I added 100% cranberry juice to taste, which ended up being 44 fl oz. So the actual OG was right around 1.040.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: 1vertical on February 24, 2010, 03:04:10 PM
I've heard of people using beet juice for some halloween beers to make them blood red, but I have never tried that one.
My beet wine is red and I suppose this would definately yield a red color. Starchy enough to
mash after you gelatinize them too I'll wager.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: bluesman on February 24, 2010, 05:57:12 PM
Hey...St Patty's Day is coming up fast.  ;D
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: dbeechum on February 24, 2010, 06:04:56 PM
Hey...St Patty's Day is coming up fast.  ;D

The only green beer I remember seeing different than a stupid green food coloring laced bleck was Dogfish Head's Verdi Verdi Good which was (is?) a Dortmunder colored with Spirulina (aka health food junkie stuff)
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: 1vertical on February 24, 2010, 06:20:59 PM
Hey...St Patty's Day is coming up fast.  ;D
Too fast for this year to have beer ready by then....uhhhhhh ....kind of gives
a different sense of meaning to the term Green Beer! ewwwwwww

Hydrometer tube party anyone?
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: dbeechum on February 24, 2010, 06:52:48 PM
I do have a data point that refutes that its too late.

A few years back MB Raines (She of the Yeast Article (http://maltosefalcons.com/tech/yeast-propagation-and-maintenance-principles-and-practices) fame), brought to a club meeting her St. Patrick's day stout. It was fantastic and it was 4 days old. Of course on that front we can probably credit low gravity, big flavor contributions from the roast and of course scads and scads of healthy yeast.
Title: Re: Besides using Food Coloring
Post by: 1vertical on February 24, 2010, 07:31:44 PM
Point taken.... ;D