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Old 09-04-2009, 01:25 AM   #11
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Mountain Dew beer has been done before, it was featured in BYO... so I'm assuming it'll work. In any case I'm pitching extra yeast just in case (1 pkg of SafAle S-04 into 3 gallons)
I'd think Jelly Belly brand Dr Pepper flavored jelly beans might work pretty well. Crushed and boiled, plus you wouldn't have to worry about finings due to all that gelatin content. Alternatively you could try some approach to remove the flavoring on the outside to avoid all that gelatin.
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:26 AM   #12
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My vote is go for it as originally presented. Trying to make a beer that tastes like Dr. Pepper is weird. Making a beer which uses Dr. Pepper as a major ingredient is "really WEIRD".

Good question though on the preservatives affecting the yeast. Pretty easy to test by just dumping some yeast in some DP and see if they take off.

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Good question though on the preservatives affecting the yeast. Pretty easy to test by just dumping some yeast in some DP and see if they take off.
Good point.
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:52 AM   #14
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I all in for this one buddy.....

So are you going for a sweet beer? I'm wondering if some lactose would be called for.

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Old 09-04-2009, 01:59 AM   #15
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I am laying money it has to do with sodium benozate becoming less active at pH's above 4.5, as cited on some industrial site I was just reading. So the yeast is going to do fine. Plus it is being diluted with the RO water.


Ugh... I had to look up the ingredients of Mtn Dew to compare... from the wiki:

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The presence of brominated vegetable oil in Mtn Dew means that excess consumption can produce serious health effects, such as depression, paranoia, psychosis, and skin lesions from bromoderma.
YIKES!

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The effects of Sodium Benzoate are also linked to the chemical compound benzene which is used most often in the creation of plastics, resin and synthetic fibers (FSANZ, 2006). According to the FDA benzene is a known carcinogen (USFDA, 2007). Benzene can be formed at very low levels in beverages that contain both ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and Sodium Benzoate (FSANZ, 2006).
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I thought all this reminded me of a conversation we had a while ago... about a DrP flavored beer...it is here. never went anywhere, but one guy tried the concept of brewing with DrP

I would try it...

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This is awesome. It will be really interesting to see how this will turn out.


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YIKES!

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Just about everything cirtrus flavored has brominated * in it. It's used to preserve the volatile citrus falvorings. You have to drink >8 liters of Mt Dew a day for a really long time before you even get close to bromide poisoning. I think your teeth would rot away and you'd have a stomach ulcer the size of Texas first.
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If you overpitch you should be able to overcome the benzoate ( I am a bit of a benzoate expert). You might want to do this on a microscale. If it takes off you are good to go.

I would love to hear the results of this.

I bet you get more positive reponses than I did when I added Kimchee in the secondary on a wheat beer that I did a few years back.....

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sounds weird got me intrested. love to hear how it turns out.

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Dr. Vorlauf.... you are a scary, scary man. Kimchee?!!

adx... I have seen a middle schooler go through that 8 plus liters... it explains a lot!

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