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From: hplabs!gatech!raven!rcd (Dick Dunn)
Subject: off-color beer
Date: 1990-02-07 08:53:39 GMT

About St Paddy's Day...I once brewed up a batch for a party. I started off
intending to produce just some green beer, but then I thought "what the
hell; I'll make various colors just to twist people's heads." The idea was
that I brewed a basic light-amber ale, then added normal food coloring at
bottling.

Two cautions: First, remember you're adding color to something that's at
least yellow to start. If you want beer that's really green, not bile-
colored, use a combination of blue and green coloring. Second, you'll find
that it takes a lot of color because some of the color seems to precipitate
out. (It appears to attach to the yeast...you'll want to have more than
the usual care not to dump out the sediment, which is *really* disgusting!)

I was able to mark the labels with my usual batch numbering modified so I
could tell (even in a not-entirely-sober state) what color was intended: I
used the batch number and the expected transmission wavelength in 10's of
nm...instead of batch number 39, I had number 3963, 3958, 3947... Folks
got some entertainment out of trying to guess what it meant, and it was fun
to open and decant the initial group of bottles. ("Well, what do you
suppose this one will look like?!?" It all tasted the same, of course.)
- ---
Dick Dunn {ncar;ico;stcvax}!raven!rcd (303)494-0965
or rcd@raven.uucp

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