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Old 11-09-2011, 08:12 PM   #21
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Raspberries?


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Old 11-09-2011, 08:33 PM   #22
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Experience: Beets must be pureed and even then will make the beer murky. Roasted barley @ 15 min left in mash will give red color. 60/40% mis of 60L & 120L has worked the best so far but adds more crystal.
Huh, I wouldn't have expected a crystal blend to get you a good red - I'm used to thinking of the lighter crystals as very yellow, and the darker ones as brown.

How much of this mix do you use? How much roasted barley?

(I'm still thinking in terms of orange, myself - I want something vividly orange by the time soccer season starts up again, because it's my local team's color - but if I can produce vivid reds and vivid yellows I can blend and come up with a recipe that way.


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Old 11-09-2011, 09:36 PM   #23
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My 11/11/11 Gun Stock ale turned out pretty red. The pic below is from brew day. Since then, it has dropped completely clear and is a gorgeous deep garnet red (and has much less brown than is shown in the hydrometer sample). Is that the shade of red you're going for?

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:42 PM   #24
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Actually, raspberries might work. Although then you'd have a fruit flavored beer. I made a blackberry wheat this summer using 9 lbs of fresh berries and it came out absolutely purple.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:29 PM   #25
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Huh, I wouldn't have expected a crystal blend to get you a good red - I'm used to thinking of the lighter crystals as very yellow, and the darker ones as brown.

How much of this mix do you use? How much roasted barley?

(I'm still thinking in terms of orange, myself - I want something vividly orange by the time soccer season starts up again, because it's my local team's color - but if I can produce vivid reds and vivid yellows I can blend and come up with a recipe that way.
Something like 10oz 60L to 8oz 120L. Like I said, around a 60/40 blend worked very well. But I would combine this with a small add of roast barley. This mix was used for a amber ale so for an ipa I'd go lighter on the crystal and add roast barley
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:55 PM   #26
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just grabbed this from the other thread using blue coloring

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/bl...rom-japan.html

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:52 PM   #28
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Huh, I wouldn't have expected a crystal blend to get you a good red - I'm used to thinking of the lighter crystals as very yellow, and the darker ones as brown.

How much of this mix do you use? How much roasted barley?

(I'm still thinking in terms of orange, myself - I want something vividly orange by the time soccer season starts up again, because it's my local team's color - but if I can produce vivid reds and vivid yellows I can blend and come up with a recipe that way.
Orange is pretty easy. A ton of Vienna with an extended boil should really help. The most vividly orange beers tend to be saisons.
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From a chef point of view, you could use saffron and this can be ordered off of amazon.com and a little goes a long way. You could make your mash water and HTL from it. I've been wanting to try making a saffron ale, but haven't had the time. Good luck.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:46 AM   #30
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These are all some really great ideas. Hibiscus tea is something I think I can get. Pomegranates, though possibly the worlds most annoying and messy fruit, may add an interesting flavour as well as increase the redness.

Safflower, Hibiscus, Pomegranate Ale?


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