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Old 05-18-2010, 11:50 PM   #11
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Isn't there a Magic Hat beer that's tinted pink with beets?

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Old 05-19-2010, 02:58 AM   #12
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Isn't there a Magic Hat beer that's tinted pink with beets?
That's a nice color! I'd like to try to get something like that... I liked the pink head! Again, the "cotton candy pink" was more a target to aim at so as to be as pink as can be... I know it's probably not possible to get to that level of color, but it's the direction I wanted to aim at.

Right now I am thinking:
3lbs Pilsen DME
1lbs Wheat DME
1gal Pomegranate Juice (added at secondary)
1oz Liberty
1oz Tettnanger
Maybe something like Safale K-97 for yeast, just for something slightly different in the flavor (or maybe just Nottingham, which I use for everything) or perhaps S-04 to improve clarity...

Not sure about any grains. Are there any specialty grains I can use that might give a little body or some improved mouthfeel to this otherwise pretty bland brew? Maybe flaked barley or torrified wheat or something like that?

Figure I will add the juice when racking to secondary, then check the color at bottling time and add pink food coloring if needed. What do you guys think?
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:02 AM   #13
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Yeah, the Wacko's not a very good beer, but it's definitely pink. The beets, used in a pale ale, or a simple wheat ale, should get you there.

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Old 05-19-2010, 03:14 AM   #14
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i did a pomengranate cream ale with the girls that worked in the tasting room as an educational thing. we kept it real simple and just used a american cream ale kit and added pure pomengranate juice. completely pink and was actually really good.

since someone mentioned peeps in a beer i gotta mention this cask i did for easter that had peeps, a chocolate easter bunny, and a cadbury egg in it. really surprised that any other people did something like this...i thought it was an original (albeit spawned from a drunk converstaion about priming a porter cask with marshmallows with a co-worker) i'm on record for saying it was a disgusting idea that turned out pretty good in the end.

ive always wanted to do a cranberry wit...could be a possibility

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Old 05-19-2010, 11:36 AM   #15
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One of the gals in our club does a triple-berry hefe that comes out real pink. A lot of guys were harassed at he Spring Hop Fest for carrying glasses of pink beer.

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My first thought was what others have mentioned; beets. A traditional beet will give a blood red color though I would use Chiogga Beets, which have a pinker skin and if you cut them across they look like a pink and white bulls eye. They might be hard to find at conventional stores but Whole Foods/Wild Oats/Local CoOps should have them. I would further recommend they be added in boil for color but it might end up being pretty earthy tasting. To make a good cloth dye I have used about a pound of peeled beets per gallon of water boiled until the beets are pretty much mush (a couple of hours). Maybe boil 3 pounds of beets in a couple gallons of water before you brew then add it to the wort to cool it?

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Hibiscus will do it. I made a Hibiscus Honey Wit - it came out pink, but did impart a very citrus flavor.

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Hibiscus will do it. I made a Hibiscus Honey Wit - it came out pink, but did impart a very citrus flavor.
Did you use the petals to make a tea (boil or vodka/everclear before adding it? I ask because I just got a hibiscus plant as a gift
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I think if you cut the beets and let them sit in some water the red comes right out. Then add that to your boil. Easy to experiment with this and a 5g carboy full of water.

I added unsanitized beets to a cooling wort once. That was a freaking infection disaster. Ruined one batch, and almost another. Don't do that.

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I had dried flowers that I added during the last 15 minutes of the boil. They were part of a kit, but I understand they are used in some types of Latin cooking and you can find them in stores that cater to those types of ingredients.

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