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Old 03-13-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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I'm being that guy and adding green to my beer but not for St. Patricks day, it's actually for The Masters.

I was just going to add it to the bottling bucket and dye it all at once.

Here's the ingredients on the food coloring:

Poropylene Glycol
FD&C Yellow 5
FD&C Blue 1
Propylparben (Preservative)


Will any of these things have an affect on the flavor or carbonation of my beer??


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Old 03-13-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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What kind of beer you adding it to? Might try blue food coloring to mix with the yellow, if doing a lite cream ale or similar, to make green.
I don't think there's any negatvie effect. But not 100%


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Old 03-13-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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If your gonna add coloring the beer should be very light and clear. Like a pilsner or BM's COTC ale.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:42 PM   #4
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What I usually do is pour several pints of a good stout about a month before St. Patrick's Day. Then I leave those out in the yard, uncovered. They're green by the time the big day comes around. This really works, you should try it.

Okay, so I don't do that. I never really understood the fascination with green beer.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:51 PM   #5
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Be aware that if you drink something with food coloring in it, it may very well come back out of you later with the same coloring intact. Won't hurt ya, but it can freak out guests who come to have your beer. Hell, that could be half the fun.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:51 PM   #6
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I've used in sparingly in a raspberry wheat. No ill effects, but a little goes a long way.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:15 PM   #7
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What kind of beer you adding it to? Might try blue food coloring to mix with the yellow, if doing a lite cream ale or similar, to make green.
I don't think there's any negatvie effect. But not 100%
I'm adding it to BierMunchers Centennial Blonde Ale. I was just going to use a little green thinking that since it's already golden, it would work?
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:27 PM   #8
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I think you would be safe using green coloring. At worst, you will get a slightly yellower green. I've had a lot of experience mixing ink and with color analysis. Dropping blue coloring into light colored beer will turn it blue.

 
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:45 PM   #9
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Be aware that if you drink something with food coloring in it, it may very well come back out of you later with the same coloring intact. Won't hurt ya, but it can freak out guests who come to have your beer. Hell, that could be half the fun.
Heh.

Too bad there isn't something you can add that will only change color in the body. REALLY freak them out!

Make a good joke.




 
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