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Old 07-08-2010, 08:16 AM   #1
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Default Beets: not as powerful a colorant as I thought

...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....

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Old 07-08-2010, 11:28 AM   #2
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what did it do to the flavor?

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So, extrapolating from your second experimient, what would it take to color a 5g batch? Putting how many sliced beets into the boil?

BTW, thanks for taking the time to document and post your experiment here. Very useful!

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what did it do to the flavor?
Not much. Maybe a vanishing loaminess.

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So, extrapolating from your second experimient, what would it take to color a 5g batch? Putting how many sliced beets into the boil?
Code:
bianco:~ john$ units
500 units, 54 prefixes
You have: 1|4 teaspoon
You want: floz
	* 0.041666667
	/ 24
You have: ^D
bianco:~ john$ dc
640 4/p
160
24/p
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On the order of 6-12oz, smashed up. Juice from canned beets is probably a much easier way of getting the same effect.

EDIT: On new info, revise that to 3-4oz per 5 gallons for a very noticeable effect.
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heh, unix.

You know HP stopped making RPN calculators? I don't know if anyone does anymore.

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Is this beer an Ode to Michael Jackson?

"Just beet it!"

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Right Brain Brewing in Traverse City made a "Beet Wheat" a couple of months ago. not bad. You could def taste the beet, but it was not unpleasant and not real strong. The color was bright pink, with a light pink foam!

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That's also what Magic Hat used in it's Wacko beer.

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

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Looks good. Nice to see you broke out the bleu cheese to go with the beets... now I'm hungry.

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