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Old 03-05-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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Last night my wife and I were sitting at a local brewpub talking about beers and whatnot. I mentioned that coming up in about April I need to start my brews for the summer's July 4th party. She was sipping on a wheat and I was working on a red ale and she said we should do something along the lines of "Red, Wheat and Blue" something or another. Not a bad idea, not perfectly original I know, but I like it.

So if anyone has any links to any 'blue' beer recipes that they have personally brewed then please forward them along and thanks. I'm looking for anything with blueberry in it, blue in the title, or any good, dependable recipe that would fit.

Oh, I'm planning on using Scrapper's Quaffable Irish Red for the red, and EdWort's Bavarian Hefe recipe for the wheat. Just need a dependable blue and I'm all set.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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Thats a tough one, the only blue berry beer I have had was horrible. The name escapes me, but its commercial.

You could make a melomel, something to sneak up on your guests!
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Instead do Red Wit and Blue
Do your Irish Red
A HoeGarden (Belgium Wit) clone
and then a blueberry wheat.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:25 PM   #4
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So there few methods I can think of

1) There is some kind of Japanese beer that is blue and gets its color from some local seaweed - not sure how it tastes or if it is even possible to obtain said seaweed
2) This way: (WO/2006/046879) METHOD OF MAKING COLORLESS AND ARTIFICIALLY COLORED CLEAR BEER
3) Make a blueberry wheat. Aim for a super low SRM and dump in a metric butt ton of blueberries in secondary

 
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:26 PM   #5
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Instead do Red Wit and Blue
Do your Irish Red
A HoeGarden (Belgium Wit) clone
and then a blueberry wheat.
i was thinking the same thing.

and don't push for a "blue" beer, just blueberry flavor. i can't see getting a true blue color without sacrificing a lot in terms of flavor.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:27 PM   #6
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Food coloring could work right? Odorless, tasteless.... I mean it could be used to "enhance" the blueberries.
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Food coloring could work right? Odorless, tasteless.... I mean it could be used to "enhance" the blueberries.
It could, but you would have to have a pretty clear (like SRM<2 or 3) or else you would get greenish beer

 
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The only blueberry beers I've ever had (including the one I made) were not blue, they were purple. In fact, blueberries aren't blue, they're purple. It is probably going to be hard to find something to make a blue beverage other than blue food coloring since there are no naturally occurring blue foods other than fungi.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:32 PM   #9
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What about just calling it a Labatt's Blue clone?

 
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:36 PM   #10
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The only blueberry beers I've ever had (including the one I made) were not blue, they were purple.
If you pull this off and somebody calls you out on it being purple instead of blue, punch him in the face

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other than blue food coloring since there are no naturally occurring blue foods other than fungi.
Might want to save the fungal blues for a different party

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