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Old 09-13-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Purple Session Ale

Alright, for my next brew, I have three objectives:

1. Brew a session APA with an OG of 1.032-1.035

2. Hop this beer with HBC 342 exclusively.

3. Brew it with forbidden rice to obtain an amber to purple color to complement the expected fruitiness of HBC 342.

Yes it is a weird idea, but once I started thinking about it I figured that I had to try it. I am going to brew a test batch of about 2.5 gal this weekend.

Forbidden rice is a black rice that derives its color from increased anthocyanin expression. In water at neutral to acidic pH, anthocyanins appear purple to red in color.

I cobbled together this grain bill to include a fair percentage of forbidden rice and hopefully enough malt character to support it. The beer is already low gravity by design, so I don't want it drying out too much.

The grain bill was also selected to give the beer an amber or red color that should reinforce the purple of the anthocyanins.

Batch Size: 2.5 gal
OG: 1.033
Eff: 75%
IBU: 38.6 (I anticipate lower because I am using a lower boil vol)
Boil Time: 45 min

1 lb Munich 32%
1 lb Pale Malt 32%
0.5 lb Forbidden Rice 16%
6 oz C60 12 %
4 oz Caraaroma 8%

0.2 oz HBC 342 45'
0.5 oz HBC 342 15'
0.5 oz HBC 342 5'
0.75 HBC 342 0'

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? I'd appreciate any input. Thank you.

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