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Old 01-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default St. Patricks Day 2013

OK, I'm planning early for a change. I was excited to see it falls on a weekend this year so I thought I might throw a party.

I'm thinking of brewing three beers, a Dry/Oatmeal Stout, a Irish Red, and the third is up in the air. I wanted to brew something I could dye green. But I can't do lagers. What other light beers would you suggest? I would kind of like a clearer beer to bring out the green better...

Also what do you guys have planned?

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Just finished a Muntons Mexican Cerveza for my daughter (she likes the lighter beers) that would be perfect for dying. I'm doin' a dry stout on Friday that should be just right by 3/17.

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A light Cream Ale works great to dye green!

I'm brewing 11 gallons of a Dry Irish Stout on Saturday! No party plans as of yet but those will come!

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My kegs are finally going to go back into service this St. Pats. A bunch of my old roommates are coming into town, so I'm trying to have 20 gallons on cask for the week/weekend. Not sure what's going to be filling them, we have yet to sort that part out.

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I plan on staying home. a pro going out on amateur night is like Bob Ross bragging about his happy trees looking better than a 4 year old's finger painting.

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Funny you posted this. I bottled 5 gallons of Irish Red last week and will be bottling 5 gallons of Oatmeal Stout on Thursday. I will be making an English Bitter in the coming week or two. Now there is a good one to dye green.

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I've got an idea for a 'green clover stout', a deep dark stout racked over fresh clover and flowers, and then primed with clover honey. Need to find a supply of fresh clover, but even at this time of year that shouldn't be a problem here.

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How do you plan to dye the beer green. I have been thinking about doing the same thing.

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Great ideas, I like the idea of a Cream Ale because they are so drinkable to light beer drinkers! Even SWMBO is excited about that one.

That Clover beer sounds awesome, would like to follow up on that.

For the green colour, I've read you need to add a considerable amount of BLUE colouring to the keg/bottles. Theory was that yellow beer + blue dye = green beer

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Great ideas, I like the idea of a Cream Ale because they are so drinkable to light beer drinkers! Even SWMBO is excited about that one.

That Clover beer sounds awesome, would like to follow up on that.

For the green colour, I've read you need to add a considerable amount of BLUE colouring to the keg/bottles. Theory was that yellow beer + blue dye = green beer
Ya I was planning on just experimenting and seeing what worked best.
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