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Old 07-06-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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I was in COSTCO the other day and I noticed a big jug of carrot juice. Well, being a home brewer, I wondered how that juice might ferment. I don't know if I'll ever make any but I've been wondering what carrot beer might be like. It should have a nice orange color to be sure! I was thinking of a very light base recipe with maybe a half gallon of carrot juice.
OK, I know I'm crazy but does anyone think this might work?
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:54 PM   #2
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heh. i'd try it
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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I'd hit tha-.... erm.. Right. Sorry.

I've never heard/seen anything of the kind. BUT I love carrot juice like crazy. I might try to squeeze in another brew this coming weekend. I'll keep ya posted.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:45 PM   #4
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I tried fermenting straight carrot juice once, a bottle of odwalla I think. anyway carrot tastes very different with out the sweetness, hard to describe but it makes a lot of trub so if you use it in an ale make a larger volume to account for all the sediment your going to get. the end result of my experiment was something without a lot of character but certainly not bad, it fermented like crazy I think carrot has a lot of yeast nutrients, make sure the juice you get isnt preserved with sorbate or benzoate or anything else.

 
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I would probably go for a carrot cider. When you make carrot juice, it's common to juice an apple with it for sweet flavor. Makes sense that some carrot/apple juice could make a cider. I'm not sure how it would taste but it could be good.

Rich, I double dog dare you to make some into beer.
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I've heard that carrot juice makes a nice wine. I've never had the um, guts, to try it, but why not?

Let me know if you want some recipes- I have an old book that has several. It calls for carrots, boiled and squeezed and strained, but I'm sure the juice would be a time saver. One of the recipes calls for 1 cup DME per gallon, and a couple of them call for 1/2 ounce "dried hops".
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:39 AM   #7
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This is from a micro in Mont-Laurier, North of Montreal.
Weird, but not bad, smells and tastes like carrot, nice orange colour. But I prefer their ginger ale, they brew it under license from a micro in Switzerland.

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I would probably go for a carrot cider. When you make carrot juice, it's common to juice an apple with it for sweet flavor. Makes sense that some carrot/apple juice could make a cider. I'm not sure how it would taste but it could be good.

Rich, I double dog dare you to make some into beer.
Oh you just had to dare me didn't you? Well that settles it. I have to make some now!
I'll remember this and I WILL be double dog daring you some day!
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I've heard that carrot juice makes a nice wine. I've never had the um, guts, to try it, but why not?

Let me know if you want some recipes- I have an old book that has several. It calls for carrots, boiled and squeezed and strained, but I'm sure the juice would be a time saver. One of the recipes calls for 1 cup DME per gallon, and a couple of them call for 1/2 ounce "dried hops".
I would love to see some recipes if you can get them to me easily. Thanks!
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I would love to see some recipes if you can get them to me easily. Thanks!
Do you want to PM a fax number to me? It's a whole page of recipes and instructions. I'll copy it and fax it to you, if you'd like.
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Weight -> Liquid, Liquid -> Weight. How would you approximate this? For example, how much is "half a gallon" of Carrot juice?
(I'm trying to plug it into BeerSmith if you hadn't guessed)

I found somewhere that says that "good" carrot juice should have:
# total soluble solids: 12 %;
# total sugar content: 8%;
# beta-carotene: 1.3 mg/100 ml;
# soluble pectin: 0.4 %

I think that Sugar Content is our ticket for determining the SG of carrot juice.

Anyway, recipes are more fun. Here's what I've got so far....
Carrot Cream Ale
Batch Size: 4.75 gal
Boil Time: 90 min

1 lbs Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM)
6 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
1 lbs Maize, Flaked (2.0 SRM)
1 lbs Rice, Flaked (1.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Caramel Malt - 20L (Briess) (20.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM)

0.25 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (45 min) 13.8 IBU

?? lbs Carrot Juice (10.0 SRM) (add after Primary ferm complete)

Est Original Gravity: 1.051 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5 %
Bitterness: 14.8 IBU
Est Color: 8.3++ SRM

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