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Old 09-24-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Halloween Blood Red Ale

Anyone have a good recipe extract or AG that would be a quick turn around for a halloween party? I just found out about it and have a pumpkin ale in the fermenter now that I can bring, but I would like to bring another keg and was thinking to go with the halloween theme, something like a blood red ale.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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Hibiscus flowers give a decent earthy/spiciness to a beer. Dryhopped, they'll make any light colored beer blood red as well.

Maybe a simple blonde or wheat base with a quick turnaround time?
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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I have a recipe that I call "Blood Red Ale" and it comes out dark red like blood from an open wound.

5 gallons

8 lb Maris
1 lb Special Roast
8 oz Cara 120L
2 oz Chocolate
1 oz UK Golding @ 60min
Wyeast 1056
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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I was thinking of trying to brew a similar thing. I was thinking of starting out with this recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/belgian-red-ale-278458/

It looks pretty red. I was thinking of modifying it with some of the ingredients as per 509inc above after seeing that (thanks for the recipe!), and seeing if I could make it even deeper red. Maybe something like:?

7.00 Munich light
2.00 carahell, or maybe darker crystal?
2.00 2 row
.5 Special Roast
1-2 oz chocolate

1 oz bittering
1 oz hallertauer at 5 min

wlp023 or wlp568?

I have no idea, this is just my go at a recipe that sounds good.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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That recipe looks good. Im a big fan of throwing a few ounces of Chocolate malt in for some color. My opinion would be not using the WLP568, but that would be to suit my taste.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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Guys why just not use Carared it gives beer a nice red colour
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Guys why just not use Carared it gives beer a nice red colour
Good call. According to the description that just may do the trick.

"Provides fuller body and imparts a deep, saturated red color, particularly to red ales and lagers, Scottish ales, bocks and altbiers."
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Well here's my latest plan, and i think I'm going to brew it tomorrow:

5.0 Light Munich
5.0 Marris Otter
1.5 Carahell or Carared
.25 Special Roast
.1 Chocolate
.25 Crystal 80 or 120L
.5 flaked oats (just because I have them, and they have worked well in other things)
.5 Honey for 5 minutes of boil

1 oz. Perle 60 min.
1 oz. Hallertauer 5 min.

pitch starter of WLP023. From what I've read this produces a complex and somewhat fruity beer, which I think could be nice for a halloween/fall beer.

Any thoughts?
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Forgot to mention, in the TastyBrew calculator, the color looks perfect with this grain bill, nice dark red.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #10
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IŽll ditch the cocholate and the special roast, a little less than 1.5 pounds (a pound will be more than enough) of carared and IŽll use the crystal 80 if you are looking for colour I think that will put you rigth on target. But IŽm away from my computer and beersmith to be certain.
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