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Old 10-02-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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I'm toying with coming up from my usual black (at minimum very dark brown) beers for a batch.

I'd like to make something red.

Not an orangey-red

Not a brownish-red

Not pink.

Not any color you'd have to have the beer named red in order to interpret as red.

Ruby-claret-cherry red sort of red. You look at it, you think red.

Possible/not? Grains to get there, percentages or amounts for a 5 gallon /20 Liter or so batch?
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:21 AM   #2
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A little roasted goes a long way in getting that red color...

 
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:25 AM   #3
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A little roasted goes a long way in getting that red color...

While that works well Cara-red does even better

 
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:56 AM   #4
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beet juice?
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:57 AM   #5
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Food coloring?
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:04 AM   #6
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Blood?

Melanoidin malt can help with a red color.

Honestly, have you ever seen a red beer? OP you are describing something that really isn't possible. It is always going to be orangish-red or brown-ish red.

But all of the above mentioned malts will get you close.

Use some brewing software and see what you can come up with.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:04 AM   #7
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Beer, not colored water. No food coloring, no beet juice, no grape juice - barley - wheat, rye, oats also OK.

I've seen some good red at the edge of dark LME running into hot water, so I'm pretty sure it can be done with the right concentration of chocolate or other kilned/roasted malts, just looking for a starting point or links to pictures and recipes of prior success (if there are any out there) before I start in with the experimenting phase.

OK, that's one vote (while I was typing the above) for not possible. Perhaps it isn't.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:08 AM   #8
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Carafa II.

 
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:22 AM   #9
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.12# of roasted barley...in 5 gal. Nice color!

 
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:53 AM   #10
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