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Old 05-15-2008, 03:57 AM   #11
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Extract won't give you a purple color, and I don't know that real blueberries would really color the beer either, but I've never tried it (enought to be kool-aid purple, anyway ) Maybe a few cans of those semi-fake blueberries that come packed in some kind of purple goo that you sometimes get with a box of blueberry muffin mix.

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Old 05-15-2008, 06:31 AM   #12
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Id do a blonde and once its done fermenting throw in a campden tab and kill the fermentation- Then add 1/2 gallon 100% bluberry juice.

But youd have to keg

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I think if you use the bottled extract flavors that a little food coloring would do the trick.

Purple....? - Blue and a little red??

This would be pretty easy to color.

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Purple....? - Blue and a little red??
Yes, I think that would do it.
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This is sounding really good. I'm no good with recipe formulation now, but the idea of having a standard ale with fresh (frozen) blueberries added in secondary to give it a purplish hue is practically making my mouth water. Unfortunately, the orchard I go to for fresh produce in the summer doesn't have blueberries, though that list is from last year. Anyone in WNY have other places to go?

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This is sounding really good. I'm no good with recipe formulation now, but the idea of having a standard ale with fresh (frozen) blueberries added in secondary to give it a purplish hue is practically making my mouth water. Unfortunately, the orchard I go to for fresh produce in the summer doesn't have blueberries, though that list is from last year. Anyone in WNY have other places to go?
Grocery store, frozen food section....

But bottled natural flavoring is the cheapest & easiest.
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Eh, I got raspberry flavoring for my raspberry wheat extract kit last summer and wasn't happy with it at all. Although it mellowed, there was always the taste of taking a sip and saying 'oh look, you added raspberry flavoring to this.' Not subtle at all, and very manufactured. So, if possible, I'd like to use fresh stuff from now on

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Eh, I got raspberry flavoring for my raspberry wheat extract kit last summer and wasn't happy with it at all. Although it mellowed, there was always the taste of taking a sip and saying 'oh look, you added raspberry flavoring to this.' Not subtle at all, and very manufactured. So, if possible, I'd like to use fresh stuff from now on
You'd be surprised how "the real stuff" can get very tart or sour. Enough to think its not right.

I generally think this is the case when its not sweet enough for flavor one would expect. You need to add an unfermentable sugar. I think its harder to get right than using a flavored extract. I have tried blueberry, strawberry and black raspberry & red raspberry. I've only had what I would consider good success with the red raspberry.

I haven't used any natural flavored extracts yet. I have Apple and a Strawberry/Kiwi on hand so I can make SWMBO flavored Apfelweins. The hassles w/ fruit pulp in real fruits is enough to make me use flavored extract.
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mikeflynn do you have that blonde recipe posted on here?

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i think i'm gonna do a blueberry blonde ale, I was thinking about Jamil's Blonde that Booby_m has posted?

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