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Old 02-11-2012, 04:34 AM   #1
Jun 2009
Alameda, CA
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With all the experienced brewers on here, I figured I'd ask - I'd like to make a really red beer in honor of my daughter's birth. I'm shooting for something I can age for a few years, so I'm looking in the 1.090 to 1.100 range.

What grains are best for imparting that deep ruby hue you get in some beers? Heretic's Evil Twin comes to mind, if you've had it.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:01 AM   #2
Apr 2011
Brewertown, IL
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I use .25 pound Special B in some IPA's that end up being really red, more like hoppy red ales (Fixed Gear). Caramunich and Special B in combination also makes a nice read color. There is also a grain called Carared.

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:05 AM   #3
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Mar 2007
De Pere, WI
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Darker Caramel malts (80L - 120L) give a deep red color. The 60L claims to be lighter red. You may want to consider which malt you want to use based on the flavor and vary the amount of the malt to hit your color target.

A little Special B will also help but it may be a shade more dark.

You could also use Weyermann CaraRed. I've never brewed with it, myself.
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