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Old 04-02-2009, 05:53 AM   #1
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Default Kool Aid before bottling???

I know I have seen this discussed before, but I wasn't able
to find the thread. I apologize if it's a repeat question.

I am brewing up an American Wheat this weekend and was
wondering if anyone has any idea what adding a couple/few
packets of lemonade Kool Aid would do before bottlng? I
enjoy the Summer Shandy taste and am looking to come up
with something quasi similar by just adding some lemonade
to the final product. Does anyone have suggestions or
hesitations? I tried lemon juice in the past with another beer
I made and the result was a bit undesireable.

Thanks in advance!!

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:57 AM   #2
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Not related in any way, but holy crap! Now there's three of us in South Dakota, and you're not clear on the other side of the state!

I must have missed your introduction post. Welcome aboard from Ellsworth!

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:58 AM   #3
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Hmmnn...maybe answering this question on April 1st is not such a good idea!

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Ah, crap! I got taken twice in one day.



The good thing is, 3 people who work under me still think they have to be in to work at 0600 Saturday morning. I'll let them know tomorrow that they were fooled.

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:24 PM   #5
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Haha.. yeah.. perhaps I need to repost now that it's officially April 2nd!

I joined up a few months ago but haven't posted too much. I'm still learning a lot as I go along.

Where is the 3rd South Dakota member? If he/she is in Murdo,
we could all meet up for a beer.. Although that would require a ton
of driving..

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Not related in any way, but holy crap! Now there's three of us in South Dakota, and you're not clear on the other side of the state!

I must have missed your introduction post. Welcome aboard from Ellsworth!

Hell, there are only 8 people living in the whole state! How can you not know each other?!?!
Actually, I was born in Rapid City while my father was stationed at Ellsworth. Small world I guess....
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The other one (that I know of) is bsay, out in the Vermillion area. I think that would be a hell of a drive.

At least you have a LHBS up there in Sioux Falls. All my shopping around here has to be done online.

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So did you get any answer yet? What was the undesireable-ness last time? perhaps just use less lemon juice this time. try adding lemonade and see what happens. or maybe just to half.
I made a hef last summer that was pretty bland. I would give my glass a squirt with one of those plastic lemons then pour the beer. Yummy

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Well, in one of my very first beers.. I went overboard.. (as many do it sounds). In addition to adding the zest of 4 oranges and 4 lemons during boil, I added about 8 oz of orange and lemon juice when racking into the primary.
I thought the first few were tasty, but now I'm stuck with 30 beers that
I only drink when I'm had too many others. It just didn't work out like I had hoped.

So, I thought by adding a couple packets of Lemonade Kool-Aid, I might get a more subtle lemon taste without bastardizing it was a bunch of zest/juice.

Unless someone tells me a horror story about trying Kool-Aid, I might just
try it with a couple packets at bottling. I figure two packets in five gallons can't cause any major damage, right??? (Famous last words of a fool)

PS.. yes.. we do have a LHBS here which is nice when you need items last minute, but I get a lot of my ingredients from the Northern Brewer in St. Paul since I bought my kit there and am from that area originally. I love how you can order anything you want and a ton of volume and it gets to you two days later.

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Unless someone tells me a horror story about trying Kool-Aid, I might just
try it with a couple packets at bottling. I figure two packets in five gallons can't cause any major damage, right??? (Famous last words of a fool)
Sorry, I thought for sure this was an April Fools joke! But honestly, I think it would cause tremendous damage. I wouldn't dream of adding kool-aid to my beer. But that's me...if you want to try it, be a pioneer!

How about a little damage control...instead of adding it when bottling, just put a pinch in your glass before serving. That way, if it's a catastrophe, it's just a 12oz catastrophe!
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