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Old 06-04-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Anyone ever tried using blue corn in a brew? I've read that it has a much higher starch content than "normal" corn. I've got a bunch growing in my backyard and hope to have a good supply by this fall. I mostly grew it so that I could make corn meal but I'd also like to brew with it. Any ideas, tips or suggestions would be appreciated.

 
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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If you brew a blue beer, you MUST post a pic!... subscribed.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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I've never tried it or even heard about it. But if I were you, I'd cereal mash the Aztec Hell out of it, to keep the starch in check.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:37 PM   #4
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...mash the Aztec Hell out of it...
I'm sure you had good intentions when you wrote this, but I just nosed my sprite because of you. Thanks for nothin!
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:47 AM   #5
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I'll start by grinding it into powder. I'll probably mash for 90 minutes @ 154. The hefty starch is one thing that worries me. Oh, and this won't make blue beer

 
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:42 AM   #6
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blue corn tends to have a stronger nutty corn flavor than conventional flour corn varieties. I like blue corn tortillas, chips and muffins. I bet it will make a good beer. I'd like to know how this turns out.

As long as it's all gelatinized and the mash has plenty of amylase getting all the starch converted shouldn't be a problem. Blue corn is supposedly it fairly high protein so you might try a rest around 120-130 degrees F.

Why won't the beer be blue? Have you tried it?
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:43 AM   #7
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Dogfish head's Liquor De Malt (yep it was a malt liquor) use red, white and blue corn. You could toast it into popcorn and then put it in the mash. I have heard of someone doing this but can't recall where I read it.

 
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:57 PM   #8
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Maybe it will make purple beer. I just can't imagine it. There's a local maltster who sells purple barley. Maybe I'll try and get my hands on some of that and see what I can come up with...

 
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:41 AM   #9
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Time to refresh this thread. I picked up some purple maize today with intentions of using in a Flanders recipe in place of yellow maize. Anyone know how the color of the corn comes through in the beer? I think it'd be very interesting to see a purpleish flanders ale.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:32 AM   #10
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I used blue corn meal in a classic American Pilsner that I just bottled about 3 weeks ago. I had to do a cereal mash, and it took WAY long to convert, since I didn't use 6-row or amylase. It was a very long brew day.... but...

It's FANTASTIC! I love love love this beer. It's fuller, rounder and a tiny bit sweeter than the regular CAP I made with flaked maize. SWMBO just told me we shouldn't give any of this away, because she wants to keep it all for us, and she doesn't even like beer.

It's not blue though. I was kind of hoping. It does have a very faint blue cast to it - it's noticeably different color than a regular pilsner.
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