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Old 07-21-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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If a fella was going to make a ketchup beer, what percentage of the sugar do you think should come from the malt vs the ketchup?

Also, what hop would you pair with ketchup?

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Old 07-21-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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I don't know...but be sure to use ketchup with any preservatives. Yeast aren't too fond of them.

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Old 07-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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First you head on down to the cafeteria of the mental institution. You know, like 50 feet down the hall and ask for 50 packs.

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Old 07-21-2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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First you head on down to the cafeteria of the mental institution. You know, like 50 feet down the hall and ask for 50 packs.
Hehehe

Ketchup is an american icon. In fact it is the benchmark standard that americans use to calibrate their palettes. And those who love it, drown their food in it. From the breakfast eggs to the steak and potato dinner, they hose it down with the almighty catsup.

Tomatoes have a rich history in american beer. There's the time honored tradition of tomato beer made in the pitcher like a hick's radler. All the way to the modern day tall can of bud-clamato.

I am not a ketchupaholic, but it seemed to me that this idea warranted further exploration. Has there been a serious attempt to combine these flavors artfully?
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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I admit, I find this just as intriguing as the spaghetti beer from a while back. In order to avoid the preservative issue, you could consider making your own. That way you also know exactly how much sugar is in it (and therefore you get at least an idea of its fermentability).

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Old 07-21-2011, 11:05 PM   #6
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I would use tomatoes instead of ketchup, which is mostly sugar and will ferment out (assuming no preservatives), probably in unpleasant ways.

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Old 07-21-2011, 11:08 PM   #7
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The hardest part about fermenting ketchup is making sure the CO's don't find out about it and toss your cell.

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Most ketchup is loaded with preservatives. I second using tomatoes.

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Ketchup has vinegar in it. Vinegar = disgusting beer.

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Old 07-21-2011, 11:37 PM   #10
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I'll agree with usfmikeb on this one... you'd prolly want to substitute tomato paste and honey and prolly some milk sugar - Ketchup has more sugar by weight than ice cream does and sweetness is one of the overriding characteristics.

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