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Old 01-23-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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I need some opinions. I am thinking about brewing an IPA from an extract kit, but also including a box of Lucky Charms. The plan would be to separate out the cereal from the marshmallow bits, and use some of the cereal in the grain sack, and then add the marshmallows to the fermenter. 5 gallons.

Potential Questions and Issues I Anticipate:

1) Would the marshmallows need to be sanitized? Would soaking them in some vodka and adding the marshmallows and vodka alltogether to the fermenter be a good route?

2) I imagine there are preservatives in the cereal, and not sure how that would affect the beer/fermentation.

I did some searching and found nothing definitive, nor any results, so I wanted to get some opinions from you all. I would also hate to throw a batch down the drain. Last night I brewed the kit without the Lucky Charms, and I want to get the Lucky Charms version underway so I can compare the two side-by-side.

Just trying to have a bit of additional fun with my homebrew!

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Old 01-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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Bump. (because I really would like some opinions/help here).

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Bump. (because I really would like some opinions/help here).
One of the reasons I didn't respond earlier is that my mama told me "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all". I think it's going to be a terrible mess, and can't think of anything the least bit nice to say about it.

Well, I'm sure you got no responses because it sounds terrible.

Not so much the cereal in the mash (although it won't convert and will give a heck of a starch haze unless you mash it properly) but the marshmallows also. Sounds like a disaster.
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Well, I'm sure you got no responses because it sounds terrible.
Now see, I was about to respond BECAUSE it sounds terrible.

It sounds terrible.

Out on a limb here, but it seems to me this kind of beer gets brewed so someone can say, "Hey, it's actually not quite as completely terrible as it sounds!" And given that, I still say it's too high a bar.

Anyway, if you can't be talked out of it--how about a one gallon batch? With just one bowl of cereal? (No milk.)
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I need some opinions. I am thinking about brewing an IPA from an extract kit, but also including a box of Lucky Charms. The plan would be to separate out the cereal from the marshmallow bits, and use some of the cereal in the grain sack, and then add the marshmallows to the fermenter. 5 gallons.

Potential Questions and Issues I Anticipate:

1) Would the marshmallows need to be sanitized? Would soaking them in some vodka and adding the marshmallows and vodka alltogether to the fermenter be a good route?

2) I imagine there are preservatives in the cereal, and not sure how that would affect the beer/fermentation.

I did some searching and found nothing definitive, nor any results, so I wanted to get some opinions from you all. I would also hate to throw a batch down the drain. Last night I brewed the kit without the Lucky Charms, and I want to get the Lucky Charms version underway so I can compare the two side-by-side.

Just trying to have a bit of additional fun with my homebrew!
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lots of people with crazy ideas for beers. snickers bars was another one...

alright lets spitball a lucky charms beer. ingredients says they're made with whole grain oats and marshmallows.

do a marris otter base. add up to 20% rolled oats. maybe a small amount of munich to fill it out and a touch of a honey malt.

for hops i would bitter with something mild. if you don't mind left over hops use something like warrior or nugget. if you want to use whole ounces use something low AA.

to emulate marshmallows i'd use fruity hops around T-20. centennial, citra, cascade and amarillo would be my candidates.

I'd use notty yeast or an estery belgian strain run warm.

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I think we all have made experimental batches that, upon tasting, made us say "holy flirking snit! what have I done?".

You can either take the advice offered from long time brewers or you can go ahead and do it, taste the results and use it as a learning experience. Who knows? It might turn out "Magically Delicious" (though I seriously doubt it.)

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7# two row
2.5# rolled oats
1# munich
10oz honey malt
8oz aromatic malt

mash @ 148-150 1.0 qt/lb for 90 minutes

.75oz mt. hood @ 60
.25oz centennial @ 20
.25oz citra @ 20

danstar nottingham yeast or a lager could be good too.

1.053 OG
1.011 FG
5.5 ABV
~23 IBU

you might even be able to skip the citra/centennial and just use the full oz of mt hood at 60 and leave it at that.

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I noticed that you said you were brewing this from an extract kit. I'd strongly suggest that you just brew a plain IPA so you know how well it comes out first before you get experimental. If your base beer sucks, there's no chance in the world the lucky charms are going to help it.

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I need some opinions. I am thinking about brewing an IPA from an extract kit, but also including a box of Lucky Charms. The plan would be to separate out the cereal from the marshmallow bits, and use some of the cereal in the grain sack, and then add the marshmallows to the fermenter. 5 gallons.
I'm going to regret asking this question, and I don't mean to dampen your creative spirit, but what the heck made you think this might be a remotely good idea? Does normal beer not have enough FD&C Red 40 for your tastes?
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