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Old 06-05-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default First Raspberry Wheat <- really really red?

I've had raspberry wheat ales before. All have had no more than a minor red tint to them. I've always enjoyed them so my first wheat ale was going to be a raspberry wheat. I've seen a lot of recipes that called for 6+ lbs of fresh or frozen raspberries or some amount of raspberry extract. I decided I just wanted a tiny hint of raspberry so I used only 1lbs frozen. I made this batch 3 days ago and I am amazed at how red the beer is. I mean my fermenter is only somewhat transparent so I cannot see its true color but it appears to be extremely red.

I only used 1lbs of berries, any chance the yeast or conditioning will mellow the color?

Would having used raspberry extract resulted in less impact in color as opposed to having used real fruit?

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Old 06-05-2008, 04:45 PM   #2
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It may look very red in the fermentor, but I bet that it will hardly be noticible when you pour a pint of it.

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Yes - extract is trypically pretty clear, and even then - you only put an ounce or two in it per 5 gallon batch.

Using fresh fruit with a distinctive color juice like raspberry will absolutely change your beer.

Strawberries, however, do not leach color at all for some reason.

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Old 06-05-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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It looks more red because light has more beer to go through to get to your eye. Same reason why beer always looks darker in carboys than it does in your glass.

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Old 06-05-2008, 07:24 PM   #5
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Duh...that didn't even dawn on me.

Thanks for the info everyone

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Old 06-11-2008, 06:43 PM   #6
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Took a gravity sample last night and sure enough the beer only had a hint of red.

Thanks again.

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