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944play 07-08-2010 09:16 AM

Beets: not as powerful a colorant as I thought
 
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...but still awesome!

I have a batch of lager with some fermentation issues (WCPL #1), so I'm throwing stuff in the keg to see what it does. First I made a hop tea with 1oz of Crystal in a quart of 170ºF water. Kinda nice, but nowhere near as resounding as the last time I hop-tea'd.

I heart beets, so I thought I'd go ahead and dye my beer pink. I thinly sliced half a roasted beet, about 2oz, and steeped it in about a cup of boiling water and strained it into the keg still hot (after pouring out a pre-beet sample glass). Post-beet pours showed no significant color difference; maybe a twinge. So I mashed a bit of beet with a fork and stirred it into my sample glass, about a quarter- to a half-teaspoon in four ounces. THAT'S a nice color! So, deep gold plus beet red equals nearly neon bright red.

Beer is hazy, I know. Keg got tousled a little getting it out of the fridge, and S-189 is so dusty....


944play 07-08-2010 09:16 AM

Beets: not as powerful a colorant as I thought
 
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...but still awesome!

I have a batch of lager with some fermentation issues (WCPL #1), so I'm throwing stuff in the keg to see what it does. First I made a hop tea with 1oz of Crystal in a quart of 170ºF water. Kinda nice, but nowhere near as resounding as the last time I hop-tea'd.

I heart beets, so I thought I'd go ahead and dye my beer pink. I thinly sliced half a roasted beet, about 2oz, and steeped it in about a cup of boiling water and strained it into the keg still hot (after pouring out a pre-beet sample glass). Post-beet pours showed no significant color difference; maybe a twinge. So I mashed a bit of beet with a fork and stirred it into my sample glass, about a quarter- to a half-teaspoon in four ounces. THAT'S a nice color! So, deep gold plus beet red equals nearly neon bright red.

Beer is hazy, I know. Keg got tousled a little getting it out of the fridge, and S-189 is so dusty....


944play 07-08-2010 09:16 AM

Beets: not as powerful a colorant as I thought
 
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...but still awesome!

I have a batch of lager with some fermentation issues (WCPL #1), so I'm throwing stuff in the keg to see what it does. First I made a hop tea with 1oz of Crystal in a quart of 170ºF water. Kinda nice, but nowhere near as resounding as the last time I hop-tea'd.

I heart beets, so I thought I'd go ahead and dye my beer pink. I thinly sliced half a roasted beet, about 2oz, and steeped it in about a cup of boiling water and strained it into the keg still hot (after pouring out a pre-beet sample glass). Post-beet pours showed no significant color difference; maybe a twinge. So I mashed a bit of beet with a fork and stirred it into my sample glass, about a quarter- to a half-teaspoon in four ounces. THAT'S a nice color! So, deep gold plus beet red equals nearly neon bright red.

Beer is hazy, I know. Keg got tousled a little getting it out of the fridge, and S-189 is so dusty....


944play 07-08-2010 09:16 AM

Beets: not as powerful a colorant as I thought
 
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...but still awesome!

I have a batch of lager with some fermentation issues (WCPL #1), so I'm throwing stuff in the keg to see what it does. First I made a hop tea with 1oz of Crystal in a quart of 170ºF water. Kinda nice, but nowhere near as resounding as the last time I hop-tea'd.

I heart beets, so I thought I'd go ahead and dye my beer pink. I thinly sliced half a roasted beet, about 2oz, and steeped it in about a cup of boiling water and strained it into the keg still hot (after pouring out a pre-beet sample glass). Post-beet pours showed no significant color difference; maybe a twinge. So I mashed a bit of beet with a fork and stirred it into my sample glass, about a quarter- to a half-teaspoon in four ounces. THAT'S a nice color! So, deep gold plus beet red equals nearly neon bright red.

Beer is hazy, I know. Keg got tousled a little getting it out of the fridge, and S-189 is so dusty....


944play 07-20-2010 08:26 AM

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This is the same beer. Toldja it shouldn't be hazy! That's all condensation, I assure you....


944play 08-10-2010 03:54 AM

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Oops. Gotta amend this thread's whole direction!

I transferred this beer into a clean keg, then part into a 3rd and shook the snot out of it to test head retention after agitation. It's pink! The beet juice done got stratified.

EDIT: It kinda tastes like beet. Just a hint.


nilo 12-01-2010 05:01 AM

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Resurrecting the thread to share my "bloody ale".
Finished beer had a little hint of beet flavor, very creamy and smooth.
Blended two raw beets with 2 cups of water, strained and added juice to last 10min of boil.
Use 2row and pilsen + some carapils, vienna and aromatic malts.
IBU's was around 20.



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