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Besides using Food Coloring
« on: February 09, 2010, 10:50:14 PM »
What is the weirdest colored beer you ever made and....
How did you color it?
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 11:02:11 PM »
Cranberry juice, in a wheat. It was a weird pink color, but people seemed to like it.
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010, 05:31:17 AM »
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? 

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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010, 05:36:30 AM »
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.
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010, 05:54:48 AM »
Brewed an IPA but it ended up Black with a little roast in it  ;)
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010, 08:16:16 AM »
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.

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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010, 09:05:42 AM »
Cherry Wit.  It had a deep reddish hue to it.  And a little cherry flavor even survived the fermentation.
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010, 09:24:58 AM »
I've heard of people using beet juice for some halloween beers to make them blood red, but I have never tried that one.

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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2010, 11:52:53 AM »
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.
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2010, 08:04:10 AM »
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.
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2010, 10:57:12 AM »
Hey...St Patty's Day is coming up fast.  ;D
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2010, 11:04:56 AM »
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)
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2010, 11:20:59 AM »
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

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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2010, 11:52:48 AM »
I do have a data point that refutes that its too late.

A few years back MB Raines (She of the Yeast Article 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.
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Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2010, 12:31:44 PM »
Point taken.... ;D
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