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Old 02-06-2014, 02:06 AM   #1
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So I was watching star trek today when they pulled out a bottle of romulan ale and I thought it would be fun to make a mock romulan ale, just need to dye a pale ale blue. Is this even possible? Or would it just turn green?

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:10 AM   #2
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How blue are we talking about? My inner trekky is dead.

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:14 AM   #3
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I don't have any first hand experience, but why not experiment with blue food coloring and a glass of beer?

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:15 AM   #4
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How blue are we talking about? My inner trekky is dead.
If I remember correctly we would be talking clear light lager or cream ale the color of a smurfs butt
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Lmao. I would buy a commercial beer you think you could duplicate the color of, go home and add a little blue food color until the color is that of a smurfs butt.

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:39 AM   #6
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google Romulan Ale and look at images...
It already exists as an actual beer. Used to be able to get it at the now defunct Star Trek restaurant in Las Vegas.
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/romulanale_thelope.jpg

So I think it's safe to say you can make blue beer and one much better than that one.

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I would buy a commercial pale beer similar in color to your base and some food coloring. See how much you have to add to get the desired affect and scale up for your own production. I would be worried it would get greenish though... Curious to see how it turns out.

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Lol before you get too excited let's remember what happens the day after St Paddy's day when you're all peeing green. Food grade vegetable dye at bottling or kegging would probably be your best bet.

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They refer to it as an ale, but it's commonly shown being served more like a high alcohol liquor/liquer, or at least fortified. Even characters who espouse love and appreciation for (and tolerance to quantities of) drink seem to draw the line.

Maybe a light-colored barleywine/fruitwine mix? A lot of wheat is a good idea too... it's generally shown almost opaque on-screen.

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They refer to it as an ale, but it's commonly shown being served more like a high alcohol liquor/liquer, or at least fortified. Even characters who espouse love and appreciation for (and tolerance to quantities of) drink seem to draw the line.

Maybe a light-colored barleywine/fruitwine mix? A lot of wheat is a good idea too... it's generally shown almost opaque on-screen.
There ya go. Make a blueberry mead with some grains.
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