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Red Ales?!?!


My friend and I were wondering what is put into Red Ales to give them there reddish tint.  Can anyone help us with this, cause we were looking to make one.

I use carared malt.  15-20% gives you a nice reddish copper color.  An oz. or so of roast barley can do that, too. 

I have not used the cara-red but that is probably the best choice. But if you are willing to experiment some you can add just a small amount of roasted malt/barley/carafa special (huskless) to get a red color, plus a malt such as Cara Vienne or crystal 40L.

1-2 oz of Carafa II or III Special will give a great red color and VERY little flavor.


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