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Old 02-20-2011, 02:50 AM   #1
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Default St. Patty's Swamp Water (green beer thread) 3/2/11 *UPDATE*

So I brewed a Brewer's Best American Light Kit tonight. At flame out, I decided to make it a real green beer with food coloring. I added 15 drops of green coloring. I know that the sticklers, purists and prudes of the site are going to have nothing but negative comments. However, To each their own, I am actually very excited for this!

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Here is a picture of Swamp Water.



Thanks and Flame on!
Jimmy

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Old 02-20-2011, 04:07 AM   #2
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That's awesome, please post a picture of the first pint!!

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Old 02-20-2011, 04:16 AM   #3
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That's awesome, please post a picture of the first pint!!
I will. I know this thread is going to be searched every St. Patty's day from here on out. I will post as many updates as possible.
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Awesome! Well done!

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I chose this recipe as I will be drinking a lot of beer, as will the friends who join me to drink this beer, on St. Patty's day. I wouldn't want to waste something as precious as a finely crafted Vanilla Java Porter home brew to get hammered. I will be cooking a meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes to accompany this beverage.

The recipe:

American Light
This recipe uses the traditional combination of
pilsner malt, rice and corn adjuncts. It is light bodied,
refreshing and thirst quenching. A very
easy recipe to brew and an excellent entry to
craft brewing.

FERMENTABLES
3.3 lb. Pilsen LME
1.0 lb. Pilsen DME
8 oz. Corn Sugar
8 oz. Rice Syrup Solids

HOPS
.5 oz. Bittering
.5 oz. Aroma

YEAST
Nottingham Ale Yeast

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15 Drops Green food coloring

I used a stainless steel brew kettle and will be exclusively using a 5gal carboy for primary fermentation. I know these will not stain or be effected by the food coloring. I am however a little weary of bottling this beer. I am hoping that I do not have any staining of my bottling bucket, spigot and/or bottling wand.

I am planning on about 2 weeks in the Primary and about 2 weeks to carbonate this beer. I know this isn't really enough time but I had this idea a little too late but plan on seeing it through. A plus is that it will be green in flavor and color!


2/20/11 As of this morning I had some airlock activity so fermentation seems to have happily begun starting my green beer adventure!

Thanks,
Jimmy

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Food coloring in beer! Ugh, only thing worse is putting fruit in your beer. You obviously have no class or dignity!!!

I'm kidding, I think this is awesome and should make for a great St. Paddies day brew. Any reason you decided on the food coloring at flame out, rather than at bottling/kegging time?

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^So that you could mix the dye in with the whole beer?

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^So that you could mix the dye in with the whole beer?
I would think a bottling bucket would give the same effect. I wasn't suggesting manually putting a drop in each bottle.

My question was mainly revolving around the curiosity of whether the heat of the wort, or the time spent in the fermenter, would affect the end green color at all. I don't know, just curious.
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I guess its easier to get a good mix of the green color while pre-fermented. You wouldn't want to risk oxygenating the fermented beer.

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I guess its easier to get a good mix of the green color while pre-fermented. You wouldn't want to risk oxygenating the fermented beer.
I figured that it was more practical to just add the color to the wort while in the brew pot. I knew it would lighten up when I added water to top off the wort. There was no real method behind the madness to my decision.
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